Whether it is a planned stay or a sudden trip to the emergency room, being hospitalized is frightening and stressful at any age. The discomfort associated with an illness or injury, and the uncertainty of what comes next, is unsettling. For a senior who has Alzheimer’s disease, a hospital admission can be even more difficult.
The change in routine combined with an unfamiliar environment often increases confusion and agitation for an adult with Alzheimer’s disease. Hospital staff aren’t always experts of Alzheimer’s and the unique needs people who live with the disease have. That can lead to problems.
If you are the caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, these tips are good to review just in case your family member ends up in the hospital.
Hospital Stays and Alzheimer’s Disease
If you know your senior loved one will be admitted to the hospital for a planned surgery or test, discuss their disease with the physicians involved in their care ahead of time. They may be able to connect you with a hospital liaison who can arrange for a room in a quieter area of the hospital or one nearest to the nurses’ station.
When the hospital stay isn’t planned, you might need to request a room change if the environment causes your loved one to be agitated and overly anxious. A few additional steps to make your family member’s hospital stay safer and less traumatic are below.
At Sunrise Senior Living, we recognize that adults with Alzheimer’s have unique needs. When those needs are met, it allows them to live their best quality of life. We invite you to call and schedule a tour of the memory care community nearest you to learn more.