Improving Hospital Care for Persons with Dementia

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Nina M. Silverstein, PhD, Katie Maslow, MSW
Springer Publishing Company, Nov 9, 2005 - Medical - 304 pages

What happens when a person with dementia is hospitalized? It is usually a fall, a hip fracture, a serious infection, or an acute exacerbation of congestive heart failure, diabetes, or another chronic medical condition that precipitates hospitalization, not the person's demenetia. This book provides insights into the issues and gaps in quality of hospital care for patients with dementia.

The book will helps practitioners improve the experiences that patients with dementia encounter in acute care settings by offering actual case examples provided by managers of assisted living, emergency rooms, and community geriatric cases; by persons with dementia who live alone; and by other doctors and nurses who care for these patients. These case examples illustrate the challenges faced and suggest strategies for successful and appropriate treatment planning.

This book will be useful for all hospital practitioners who encounter patients with dementia, from administrators, to nurses, social workers, physicians, gerontologists, and psychologists.

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Nina M. Silverstein, PhD, is Associate Professor of Gerontology at the Universitiy of Massachusetts, Boston, College of Public and Community Service. Since 1984, she has worked closely with the Alzheimer's Association on projects related to patient care, caregiver, and community support. She served as Chairperson of the Massachusetts Statewide Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and was also a long-time board member for the Council on Aging in Needham, Massachusetts--the first accredited and reaccredited Senior Center in Massachusetts. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and an active member of the American Society on Aging and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

A graduate of the Heller School, Brandeis University, Dr. Silverstein has been publishing and presenting on aging issues at national conferences for over 20 years.

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