Dementia Patients Feel Distressed In Hospitals

DementiaThere is no doubt that care of dementia patients is of utmost importance and that’s why so much is being talked about the same. There is need to give significant attention to the percolating issue as a recent report has revealed that there are nearly 66% staff members of hospitals across England and Wales who are lurching to understand how to manage such patients.

Despite policies being kept in place in hospitals, there have been reports that not much has been done to address the issue. There are staff members who feel helpless to extend support to such patients. It has been found that instead of proving emotional support to such patients, staff members are more inclined towards medical health care. There is need to bridge gap between patients and staff members so that they can be given complete support during this tough time.

It was found during the investigation by the National Audit of Dementia that only 6% were checked for their level of cognitive impairment during admission and discharge, while only 43% of cases were tracked for mental status test. Apparently, nearly 75% hospitals had claimed that they had policies drafted for this but hospitals across England and Wales seem to be following limited services in this regard.

The kind of environment provided to such patients in hospitals has pushed the patients to such an extent that they feel more agitated, distressed or aggressive there. Though many hospitals use antipsychotics to control these symptoms, there must be some alternative treatments available for them.

"This report provides further concrete evidence that the care of patients withdementia in hospital is in need of a radical shake-up”, said Professor Peter Crome, chair of the national audit of dementia steering group. There is need to bring in more positive reforms so that the underlying concerns can be addressed with utmost attention.