Top Tips for Carers (from the Alzheimer`s Society)

When your loved one is being cared for in hospital


There are many things you can do to check your loved one is receiving good care in hospital. Working with the care home/hospital is the best place to start.

We have put together our ten top tips for carers whose loved ones are now being cared for in a care home/hospital.

  1. Let staff know that the person you care for has dementia.
  2. Ask for the name of the main nurse who will be in charge of the person`s care.
  3. Ask that you are included in all decisions.
  4. Give staff information about a person`s individual preferences, likes and dislikes. Ask that they be recorded.
  5. If the hospital has a dementia specialist nurse, ask them to work with the staff directly caring for the person with dementia about good care.
  6. If the person has trouble eating and drinking ask that they have someone to help them at mealtime or ask if you ca help out (if you are able to do so).
  7. If appropriate, tell the staff what the person says or the signs they make when they want to go to the toilet, and ask that they be taken straight away.
  8. If a person is prone to becoming restless or wandering let staff know and work together to identify ways of helping the person in their best interests.
  9. Ask staff to discuss with you what will happen when it is time for the person with dementia to leave hospital so that you are prepared and know what support is available.
  10. Consult Alzheimer`s Society`s factsheet on care in hospitals for more information. 


Remember that you are entitled to an assessment of your needs as a Carer


Carers have a legal right to an assessment of their needs. The purpose of a carer`s assessment is for you, as a carer, to discuss with social services what help you need with caring as well as any help that would maintain your own health, and balance your caring with other aspects of your life such as work and family commitments. The Social Work Department use the assessment to decide what help to provide. 


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