Improving the experience of patients living with dementia within a hospital setting

Objective

To enhance the hospital care of people living with dementia and those supporting them. We aim to co-design a hospital admission kit that can be embedded into current hospital practice. This will allow clinicians to better meet the needs and preferences of people with dementia who are admitted to hospital.

Did you know?

People with dementia often receive suboptimal hospital care because of difficulties in communicating their needs and preferences.

By involving the person with dementia and those supporting them (including healthcare workers), this project will design and implement a solution that will rapidly integrate a person’s pre-admission needs and preferences into hospital care.

About the research

Led by Peninsula Health medical and nursing specialists, with researchers from Monash University and consumers, we will work with people with dementia, those supporting them at home and health care workers to:

  • Understand why our current practice exists in its current form.
  • Investigate the barriers and facilitators to integration of a person’s needs and preferences into hospital care.
  • Investigate the barriers and facilitators to the behaviours required to successfully implement a hospital admission kit that can be embedded into hospital care plans to meet the needs and preferences of people with dementia.
  • Understand and design the important elements of the hospital admission kit.
  • Develop strategies to integrate the hospital admission kit into routine clinical care processes.
  • Perform a pilot study to examine the feasibility and acceptability of the kit.