Dementia care in hospitals is falling short of standards

Published on Friday, 16 December 2011 09:16
Posted by Scott Buckler

Hospitals in England and Wales are falling short in the care given to dementia patients, a review says.The Royal College of Psychiatrists' audit of 210 hospitals - the first of its kind - says while services are safe, they are lacking in other areas

The report highlights issues such as poor communication with families and a lack of personal care for patients.It also criticises the basic planning arrangements in place for what are a vulnerable group of patients.

Dementia patients tend to fare worse than other patients when they enter hospital.But the report says far too little is being done to get them access to specialist services, or to prepare for their discharge from hospital by liaising with community services.

 

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