Care recipient (cr) is at risk of developing worsened dementia symptoms and greater confusion when regular contact with caregiver is broken and the usual daily routine is disrupted due to cr’s hospitalization

Try: #a cr’s hospitalization may put him or her at greater risk of confusion if it’s possible see that many or some daily routines are kept up regular visits from the caregiver may be anchoring in addition if the cr usually plays a game in the early evening or has another little ritual try to continue these activities while the cr is hospitalized #bring some of the cr’s music fragrance or room decor to the hospital if possible #visits from the caregiver during mealtimes may bring up some sense of familiarity for the cr it is also less likely there will be interruptions for medical care so the visits may be less stressful for the caregiver and the cr #if a care-giving spouse or adult child needs a break while the cr is hospitalized a close friend to both of them familiar with their usual routines would be a good visitor instead #crs with dementia or confusion may be in particular need of people to speak in their interests and protect their rights as patients if the primary caregiver cannot visit the hospital to make sure the cr’s needs are being properly addressed he or she should look for a back-up resource person a reliable friend or relative a senior care manager a hospice worker an ombudsman serving seniors or a senior service center social worker who might help the caregiver organize questions and care from outside the hospital

Materials: A few items from cr cr’s home caregiver or regular visitor person to speak for cr cr’s needs and rights if necessary

Categories: Cognitive Intellectual, Emotional Psychological, Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Immobile, Independence, No Supervision, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Fully Aware, Somewhat Aware, Unaware, Long-Term Memory, Good L T Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, Good S T Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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