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4 Tips for Safe Hospital Visits If Your Elderly Loved One Has Dementia

Visiting the hospital can be a frightening and emotional experience for your senior loved one, and those feelings can be compounded if he or she has dementia. No matter the reason for the visit, the senior care experts at Home Care Assistance of Las Vegas suggest these 4 tips for ensuring your loved one stays safe.

1. Be Present

If you are not able to accompany your loved one to the hospital, try to get there as quickly as possible. When you arrive, insist you be by his or her side every moment you can rather than being relegated to the waiting room. Explain you can keep your loved one calm and help prevent him or her from becoming agitated.

2. Keep the Hospital Staff Informed

Let the hospital staff know your loved one has dementia and inform them of methods to keep him or her calm before any restraints or drugs are administered. Ask the staff to add dementia to your loved one’s chart so they will be more likely to remember it and take appropriate safety measures should any problems arise.

3. Make Sure the Staff Meets Your Loved One’s Needs

Be willing to work with the staff to teach them which approaches work best with your loved one, including triggers that tend to upset him or her. Ask for as much consistency as possible in nursing staff. Assist the staff in understanding your loved one’s baseline so they can differentiate between acute confusion and dementia. Consider hiring a Las Vegas caregiver to advocate for the needs of your loved one, particularly if you are not able to always be with him or her.

4. Prevent Falls

Ask the staff to position your loved one’s bed at the lowest position if you believe he or she is at risk of falling. Request a room that allows nursing staff to observe your loved one frequently and easily to help keep any accidents from occuring.

Caring for a senior with dementia can be challenging when outside the home, and though being at home may offer your loved one greater comfort, he or she may still have difficulty accomplishing certain tasks. Your loved one may need additional assistance from a professional in-home caregiver to help manage a daily routine. For dementia care Las Vegas families trust, turn to Home Care Assistance. All of our caregivers are trained in the revolutionary Cognitive Therapeutics Method, a comprehensive activities program designed to help seniors with memory related conditions build routines to look forward to and regain a sense of pride and accomplishment. For more information on our senior care services, give one of our knowledgeable Care Managers a call at (702) 550-3185 to schedule a free in-home consultation.