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Tips for making a hospital stay easier

A trip to the hospital can be stressful for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their caregivers. Here are some ways caregivers can make a hospital visit easier:

  • Help hospital staff understand the person’s normal functioning and behavior.
  • Tell the doctor immediately if the person seems suddenly worse or different.
  • Share the load—ask friends and family to make calls, send emails, or use online tools to keep others informed about the person’s progress.

Check out this tip sheet for more information about hospital stays including emergency room tips, what to pack, and things to do before a planned stay.

Last Updated on April 28, 2020

Published by Raj C. Shah, MD

I am geriatrician and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center.

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