People with Dementia in Hospitals - International Study Trips
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Alongside the People with Dementia in Hospitals program, the Robert Bosch Stiftung is funding a total of three study trips to international facilities that serve as beacons in the treatment of people with dementia. The trips will be held between 2016 and 2018.
The program is aimed at health-care professionals who help treat people with dementia in acute care hospitals or who are responsible for such patients. Each trip takes participants to a country relevant to the topic and includes not only visits to exemplary facilities but also a dialog with the guide and local experts. Participants pay 30 percent of the costs themselves, and the trips are available free of charge to employees of hospitals supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung as part of the People with Dementia in Hospitals program. Alongside the financial support, the trips also include preparatory and follow-up seminars to help participants process their experiences and promote expert discussion between them once the trip has ended.
By funding these study trips, we aim to help hospitals in Germany implement innovative, patient-focused concepts for the treatment of people with dementia and provide impetus for change.
Second Study Trip: Norway (2017)
From May 29 to June 2, 2017, the second study trip on the topic of caring for people with dementia at acute-care hospitals will take place in Norway.
People with dementia are at much higher risk than their peers of being admitted to the hospital within a year. If their specific needs are not recognized during their hospital stay, this may lead to a deterioration in their dementia. It is therefore of crucial importance to raise awareness among all professions involved and to ensure integrated care. It is worth taking a look at Norway in this regard. Here, a multifaceted care concept has established itself that includes numerous services to enable lasting, integrated, and coordinated care for people with dementia.
First Study Trip: United Kingdom (2016)
Since 2009, excellent care for people with dementia in hospitals has been a nationwide target in the United Kingdom. Ever since, many hospitals have started working toward this objective, testing and introducing innovative models and concepts in dementia care. And they have been successful: dementia has become a central issue for the British National Health Service and is being tackled on a long-term basis by more and more acute-care hospitals. From April 4 to 8, 2016, 20 selected participants visited prestigious facilities that are spearheading this development.
Institut g-plus at the Department of Nursing Science at Witten/Herdecke University is responsible for the coordination and implementation of the program.