Counting the cost: caring for people with dementia on hospital wards

Alzheimer's Society
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This report provides evidence on the quality of dementia care provided on general wards in hospitals across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The research collected quantitative and qualitative evidence from 1,291 carers, 657 nursing staff and 479 nurse/ward managers via questionnaires. Drawing on the findings of the study, the report outlines why it is important that dementia in a hospital context is addressed. It then explores the poor outcomes people with dementia experienced when they were in hospital. Using evidence received from carers and nurses on the quality of care provided the key areas of need that are not being met are discussed. These include understanding dementia, the provision of person-centred care, communication, dignity and problems with discharge. The final chapter puts forward recommendations to improve dementia care, shorten the length of stay and reduce costs.

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hospitals, nurses, outcomes, person-centred care, carers, costs, dementia;
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England, Northern Ireland, Wales
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