Being prepared for the hospital - emergency to inpatient
Visits to the emergency room and admission to hospital can occur unexpectedly to anyone. For a person living with dementia, going to the hospital can be a very difficult and frightening experience. Older persons, especially those living with dementia, are at risk for delirium, decreased mobility and increased falls risk as well as new onset or worsening of continence problems with acute illness and hospitalization. University of Alberta nurse researchers Kathleen Hunter and Sherry Dahlke will discuss strategies to be prepared for an unexpected trip to the hospital, and ways in which family care partners can support and advocate for their family member in the emergency room, during a hospital stay and the transition home.