The first week of January is always extremely busy for the NHS, but the pressure on services this year is, according to insiders, ‘the worst in 30 years.’ Horror stories about patients with dementia are beginning to emerge; one 80-year-old was left on a trolley for 36 hours last weekend as staff struggled to cope. Hospitals nationwide have already been forced to cancel thousands of operations and patients in A&E are waiting up to 12 hours to see a doctor. The crisis led a consultant at one of the UK’s largest A&E units even took to twitter to apologise for the ‘third world conditions,’ patients were experiencing as a result of overcrowding.

So if you’re caring for someone with dementia, the last thing you want right now is for them to get ill. A trip to A&E can be physically and emotionally traumatic 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 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 and that 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. Download for FREE by clicking the image below:

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