Information continues to surface about the effects of hospitalization on people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, one of which is delirium. Because delirium is associated with further cognitive loss and overall decline in health, we must continue to identify ways in which we can prevent delirium and focus on how health care professionals can change this dangerous and costly trend.
Improvements in the ability to identify those with delirium will present opportunities to improve treatments and alleviate symptoms. Interventions do exist, and are not limited to medication administration or costly alternatives. The Gilster Group specializes in guiding hospital personnel to develop interventions related to dementia, including delirium, and improving the quality of care of individuals with cognitive impairment with cost-effective approaches.