A recent Annals of Internal Medicine study indicated that hospitalization for those with Alzheimer’s disease greatly increases their risk of adverse outcomes. This certainly validates our experience over the past 25 years.
Hospitals, insurers and physicians should consider that those age 65 and older with dementia are hospitalized three times more than their peers – and 25% will be readmitted within 30 days. In addition, the average length of stay is longer, and the inpatient cost is twice as much for this population. Longer lengths of stay and increased costs for individuals with dementia are often the result of a greater number of adverse events while hospitalized. During their acute care stay, many patients with dementia suffer weight loss, infections, pressure ulcers, falls, untreated pain, agitation, physical restraint – all of which are increasingly frustrating for hospital personnel. The article “Hospitalization increases chances of poor outcomes in Alzheimer’s patients,” shares some advice – but much more can be done. Let us show you how to cost-effectively improve care, outcomes, and patient, family and staff satisfaction. www.dementiaexperts.com