Another recent study provides further proof that healthcare professionals must consider the effect of dementia on hospital readmissions. As we discussed in a previous blog post, many individuals with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will suffer from the 3 diagnostic areas of focus and will be hospitalized. Those with dementia are at greater risk for readmission – as evidenced by this new study.
While a great number of our population suffer from cardiac issues and diabetes, the number of people diagnosed with memory loss, cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is increasing at an alarming rate.
We must acknowledge the role that cognitive impairment will play in success of decreasing hospital readmissions – both for quality of life, health and financial benefits. Much can be done to improve the quality care this special population will require – but it requires a distinct, specific program for individualized care provided by educated and specially-trained staff members.