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Improving Hospital Care for Persons with Dementia

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Improving Hospital Care for Persons with Dementia

SKU# 9780826139153

Author: Nina M. Silverstein PhD


  • Katie Maslow MSW

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What happens when a person with dementia is hospitalized? It is usually a fall, a hip fracture, a serious infection, or an acute exacerbation of congestive heart failure, diabetes, or another chronic medical condition that precipitates hospitalization, not the person's demenetia. This book provides insights into the issues and gaps in quality of hospital care for patients with dementia.

The book will helps practitioners improve the experiences that patients with dementia encounter in acute care settings by offering actual case examples provided by managers of assisted living, emergency rooms, and community geriatric cases; by persons with dementia who live alone; and by other doctors and nurses who care for these patients. These case examples illustrate the challenges faced and suggest strategies for successful and appropriate treatment planning.

This book will be useful for all hospital practitioners who encounter patients with dementia, from administrators, to nurses, social workers, physicians, gerontologists, and psychologists.

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Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 09, 2005
  • Page Count 304
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826139153
  • EISBN 9780826197665

Table of Contents 

    Foreword by Eric G. Tangalos, MD
    Introduction by Nina M. Silverstein and Katie Maslow
    Part I: Background and Significance
  1. How Many People With Dementia are Hospitalized? Katie Maslow
  2. In Search of Dementia-Friendly Hospitals: A Survey of Patient Care Directors in Massachusetts, Nina M. Silverstein
  3. Acute Care for Nursing Home Residents with Alzheimer's Disease: Understanding Variations in Hospital Use Rates, Mary W. Carter and Frank W. Porell
  4. Part II: Four Perspectives on the Hospital Experience for Persons with Dementia
  5. The Hospital Experience: Perspectives of Assisted Living Providers, Joan Hyde
  6. A Geriatric Social Worker's Perspective on Alzheimer's Patients in the Emergency Room, Sonia Michelson
  7. The Acute Care Experience in the Emergency Department, Mary Pat McKay, Susan Farrell, Khama Ennis, Emily Spilseth Binstadt
  8. The InPatient Experience from the Perspective of the Isolated Adult with Alzheimer's Disease , Charles E. Drebing and Tamara Harden
  9. Part III: Promising Approaches Toward Improving Care for Hospitalized Elders with Dementia
  10. Changing Dementia Care in a Hospital System: The Providence Milwaukie Experience, Frances Conedera and Jackie Beckwith
  11. A NICHE Delirium Prevention Project for Hospitalized Elders, Patricia F. Guthrie, Susan Schumacher and Germaine Edinger
  12. Care of the Patient with Dementia in the Acute Care Setting: The Role of the ACE Unit, Cheryl A. Lehman, Susan Tyler, and Luis Felipe Amador
  13. Windows to the Heart: Creating an Acute Care Dementia Unit, Jeffrey N. Nichols
  14. Part IV: Strategies for Making a Difference
  15. Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care for Hospitalized Older Adults with Dementia, Cora Zembrzuski, Meredith Wallace, and Marie Boltz
  16. Alzheimer's Association New York City Chapter: Strategies for Improving Hospital Care, Jed A. Levine and Jean Marks

  17. Conclusion: Toward a Vision of Dementia-Friendly Hospitals, Nina M. Silverstein and Katie Maslow