We’ve all heard horror stories about lengthy A&E waiting times and hospital staff struggling to cope. So if you’re caring for someone with dementia, the last thing you want is for them to get ill. A trip to A&E can be physically and emotionally traumatic in itself, and if it leads to a hospital admission, the experience of being in an unfamiliar environment isn’t only disorientating, it can actually lead to a loved one’s rapid decline in health and wellbeing.

At Unforgettable, we know that hospital admissions are a massive concern to you. But try not to panic. For our research reveals that whilst some hospital admissions are unavoidable, many others are and there’s lots you can do to prevent them. In fact, the reasons people with dementia are admitted to hospital are surprisingly similar. Knowing what to look out for, and taking a few preventative measures, might be all it takes to keep the person you love safe and well

The 6 most common reasons people with dementia are admitted to hospital

  1.  Falls
  2. Urinary Tract Infections
  3. Delirium
  4. Dehydration
  5. Aggression
  6. Pneumonia

Staying out of hospital when you have dementia was written for Unforgettable by Danielle Wilde, dementia lead at the Royal Free Hospital, London. It offers step by step, practical, comforting and heartening advice to keep the person you love safe and healthy.

 

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