People with dementia are admitted to hospitals more than three times as often as other older people. Additionally, they are at much higher risk for adverse health events such as falls, new incontinence, untreated pain and functional decline.
Many patients and families are not prepared for the special challenges of hospitalization. Additionally, most hospital staff do not receive education related to the special needs of patients with dementia.
These pages are created through a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) funded partnership between Primaris and the Alzheimer’s Association St. Louis Chapter. The goal is to provide you with information and tools to help you engage more fully in your healthcare decisions and experiences. For clinicians, we offer resources to help you improve the care you provide your patients with dementia.
Patients and families who are more engaged in their own health care are better equipped to regain health during hospitalization. Use these resources and links to find ways to improve your hospitalization experience.
- Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline: 800.272.3900 and local resources
- Alzheimer’s Association Tip Sheet
- Need to Know Resources:
Home to Hospital
What to Communicate at the Hospital
Hospital to Home
Hospital to Long Term Care
- Hospitalization Happens
- Partner with Me Project: Pre-Hospitalization Checklist