18 January 2009

Acute hospital care for people with dementia

Impact of dementia on Alternative Level of Care emphasizes need for strategy
Alzheimer’s Society Canada: 14 January 2009
New findings regarding the impact of dementia on Alternative Level of Care (ALC) hospital stays in Canada highlights once again the need for a comprehensive strategy that reflects the high priority governments should assign to dementia care.

The Alzheimer Society in Canada is responding to a new analysis released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). The analysis, entitled Alternate Level of Care in Canada, provides a look at patients in acute care hospitals across Canada who no longer need acute services, and are waiting to be discharged to a setting more appropriate to their needs. In this analysis, CIHI reports that overall, dementia accounted for almost one-quarter of ALC hospitalizations, and more than one-third of ALC days in 2007–2008. This accounts for approximately 1,300 of the 5,200 beds that were occupied by ALC patients in acute care hospitals. … > full story

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