Why are we running this project?

In Germany, over eight million elderly people receive inpatient treatment every year. They arrive at hospitals with fractures, pneumonia, or urinary tract infections, but often require much more than the usual treatment. According to the 2016 GHoSt study sponsored by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, a total of 40 percent of all patients over the age of 65 in general hospitals display cognitive problems, and close to 1 in 5 suffers from dementia. At admission, the secondary diagnosis of dementia is often not identified. This is a particular concern, as the hospital situation puts additional stress on patients who have difficulties dealing with unfamiliar environments and procedures. People with dementia constitute a special challenge for the hospital staff too, as everyday operations at hospitals are often not geared toward the needs of dementia patients.

What are our goals?

More and more German acute care hospitals want to change this situation. The Robert Bosch Stiftung supports them in developing and implementing concepts that specifically focus on the needs of dementia patients during their stay in acute care.

How does the project work?

Building on three calls for submissions in 2012, 2014, and 2017, “People with dementia in acute care hospitals” accepted 17 promising hospital projects into the support program. The hospitals’ approaches vary widely, ranging from screenings, special treatment of pain and malnutrition, optimized processes and specific training courses for staff to architectural and equipment adaptations.

GHoSt study

Dementia patients in general hospitals. Prevalence and care situation.

In Germany, over eight million elderly people receive inpatient treatment every year. They arrive at hospitals with fractures, pneumonia, or urinary tract infections, but often require much more than the usual treatment, as close to 1 in 5 suffers from dementia. A total of 40 percent of all patients over the age of 65 in general hospitals display cognitive problems.

These are the findings of a study titled “Dementia patients in general hospitals. Prevalence and care situation” conducted by the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences and the Technical University of Munich, and sponsored by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. In a first, the study provides data on the numbers of elderly patients with cognitive problems that dementia hospitals must expect and what resources will be needed to accommodate them.

General Hospital Study – GHoSt