Fix dementia care: hospitals

Alzheimer's Society
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This report looks at the problems people affected by dementia can face on admission to hospital, the care they receive throughout their stay, the issues they can face on discharge, and falls among patients with dementia. It draws on the results of Freedom of Information requests from hospital trusts across England, a survey of over 570 carers of people affected by dementia, and analysis of government and NHS data. It also includes the stories of four families affected by dementia who have had experience of dementia care in hospitals. The report covers: hospital admission and the importance of proper assessments and fast-track admission; care in hospital and the need for a dementia-trained workforce; falls, and hospital discharge, and the need to have discharge policy that takes into account the needs of people with dementia. The report sets out recommendations that hospitals to publish annual statements of dementia care and calls for regulators Monitor and Care Quality Commission (CQC) to include standards of dementia care part of their assessments. (Edited publisher abstract)

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hospitals, dementia, hospital admission, hospital discharge;
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