A useful book to help prepare for when a person with dementia has to go to hospital

From the August/September 2015 issue of our magazine, Janet Baylis reviews a book from the University of Stirling's Dementia Services Development Centre.

Janet Baylis, Manager of the Society's Dementia Knowledge Centre, reviews a book from the University of Stirling's Dementia Services Development Centre.

10 helpful hints for when a person with dementia has to go to hospital by the Dementia Services Development Centre

Hospitals can be frightening places for a person with dementia, particularly when they are admitted through A&E. Even if someone is coping at home among familiar surroundings and routines, a fall or an infection may lead to a stay in hospital and this can have unfortunate consequences.

This little book gives practical tips about how to support a person with dementia to have a comfortable stay in hospital and return home safely, in better health than when they went in.

It also encourages an understanding of how hospitals work, which should equip families to help improve the care that people with dementia receive.

This 60-page book is a sensible investment to prepare for a situation with many potential challenges.

Dementia Services Development Centre (2015), £7.50, ISBN: 9781908063298, from www.dementiashop.co.uk and elsewhere.

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