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Improving care and experience for hospitalized dementia patients through implementation of dementia activity room

Kaur, Amrit Pal (2018) Improving care and experience for hospitalized dementia patients through implementation of dementia activity room. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Dementia is a growing problem of public health concern because the decline in memory and other cognitive functions that characterizes this condition also leads to a loss of independent function that has a wide-ranging impact on individuals, families and healthcare systems affecting 1 in 20 over age of 65 and 1 in 5 over age of 80. Due to the complexity of the disease, these patients are often admitted to the hospital and fall victim to the fact that traditional hospital processes do not meet their needs.
The Dementia Activity Room piloted on unit 10E at Mercy, is the first room of its kind for this population in an inpatient setting at UPMC. The Dementia Activity Room involves the application of non-pharmacological interventions for patients with dementia. Patients with dementia who would benefit from additional supervision and stimulation go to the Dementia Activities Room for the day. It is staffed by nursing assistants who received special training on communication and engagement techniques for patients with dementia. Patients have several activity options, and families are engaged to suggest and participate in activities. Special focus is on insuring that the patients walk throughout the day and are supported with meals, adequate hydration, and in activities of daily living. The Dementia Activities Room is designed to improve both the care processes and the hospital experience of the patients with dementia and their loved ones. By creating a dementia-friendly atmosphere within the hospital, patients with dementia can be kept positively engaged, cognitively stimulated, and safe. Also, introducing this room in the hospitals has increased the confidence of caregivers, especially nurses and nurse assistants in taking care of patients with dementia.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kaur, Amrit PalAMK274@pitt.eduAMK274
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRohrer, Wesleywmrun@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberDurst, Andreaadurst@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberKowinsky, Amykowinskyam@upmc.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 4 April 2018
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 41
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MHA - Master of Health Administration
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2018 13:28
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 13:28
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/34419

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