Developing a dementia care leaders’ toolkit for older patients with cognitive impairment
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Developing a dementia care leaders’ toolkit for older patients with cognitive impairment

Clare Abley Nurse Consultant, vulnerable older adults and associate clinical researcher, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; honorary clinical senior lecturer, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Why you should read this article:
  • To understand the acute hospital experiences of older people with cognitive impairment

  • To learn about a toolkit that could improve the hospital experiences of older people with cognitive impairment

  • To support staff to reflect on their care of older people with cognitive impairment

A recent review of the progress that has been made in meeting the government’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 detailed the variability, and in some cases suboptimal quality, of hospital care for people with dementia. The review also identified the need for improvements in assessing the individual needs of people with dementia while in hospital, including their emotional and social needs. This article focuses on the development and implementation of an evidence-based toolkit to improve the hospital care of older patients with cognitive impairment, including dementia and/or delirium. The toolkit’s focus is on optimising the patient experience of people with cognitive impairment who have been admitted to hospital. The toolkit also promotes the importance of person-centred care and communication skills.

Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2020.e1250

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

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Correspondence

clare.abley1@nhs.net

Conflict of interest

None declared

Abley C (2020) Developing a dementia care leaders’ toolkit for older patients with cognitive impairment. Nursing Older People. doi: 10.7748/nop.2020.e1250

Published online: 27 August 2020

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