Hospital discharge: recommendations for performance improvement for family carers of people with dementia.

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Hospital discharge: recommendations for performance improvement for family carers of people with dementia.

Aust Health Rev. 2011 Aug;35(3):364-70

Authors: Fitzgerald LR, Bauer M, Koch SH, King SJ

Abstract
BACKGROUND; It is acknowledge that discharge planning benefits both consumers and hospitals. What is not widely understood is the experience that the family carer of a person with a dementia has and whether the hospitals meet their in-hospital and post-hospital needs. OBJECTIVE: To explore whether metropolitan and rural hospital discharge practices meet the needs of the family carer of a person with dementia. RESULTS: Although this and other research indicates that a continuum of care model is beneficial to family caregivers, no evidence has been identified that family carers currently experience this type of quality planning. Family carers were often unaware of the existence of a hospital discharge plan and were rarely engaged in communication about the care of their family member with a dementia or prepared for discharge. CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS; Discharge planning processes for family carers of people with dementia could be substantially improved. It is recommended that hospitals develop policy, process and procedures that take into account the family carer's needs, develop key performance indicators and adopt best practice standards that direct discharge planning activities and early engagement of the family carer in healthcare decisions. It is recommended that health professionals be educated on communication, consultation and needs of family carers.

PMID: 21871200 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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