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Working with Families of Hospitalized Older Adults with Dementia: Caregivers are useful resources and should be part of the care team.

Bradway, Christine PhD, RN, GNP-BC; Hirschman, Karen B. PhD, MSW

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: October 2008 - Volume 108 - Issue 10 - p 52–60
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000336967.32462.2d
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Overview: Families provide a considerable amount of informal care and support for older adults living with dementia. And when an older adult with dementia is hospitalized, family caregivers should be seen as important sources of information and included as valuable members of the health care team. This article describes a best-practice approach to working with families and includes recommendations for using the Information for the Hospital Team About a Patient with Memory Problems form. For a free online video demonstrating the use of this form, go to http://links.lww.com/A301.

When an older adult with dementia is hospitalized, family caregivers should be considered valuable members of the health care team. This article describes a best-practice approach to doing so.

Christine Bradway is an assistant professor of gerontological nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia, where Karen B. Hirschman is a research assistant professor. Contact author: Christine Bradway, cwb@nursing.upenn.edu. The authors have disclosed no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

How to Try This is a three-year project funded by a grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation to the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University's College of Nursing in collaboration with AJN. This initiative promotes the Hartford Institute's geriatric assessment tools, Try This: Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults: www.hartfordign.org/trythis. The series will include articles and corresponding videos, all of which will be available for free online at www.nursingcenter.com/AJNolderadults. Nancy A. Stotts, EdD, RN, FAAN (nancy.stotts@nursing.ucsf.edu), and Sherry A. Greenberg, MSN, APRN, BC, GNP (sherry@familygreenberg.com), are coeditors of the print series. The articles and videos are to be used for educational purposes only.

Routine use of Try This tools or approaches may require formal review and approval by your employer.

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