Counting the cost: caring for people with dementia on hospital wardsNovember 28 2009
This report published by the Alzheimer’s Society provides evidence on the quality of dementia care provided on general wards in hospitals across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
It reveals unacceptable variations in the quality of care for people with dementia in hospital and puts forward recommendations to improve dementia care, shorten the length of stay and reduce costs.
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
- dignity, and
- problems with discharge.