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.
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.