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Palliative Care Advice: Emergency Room Tips for Older Adults with Alzheimer's Disease

Sep 13, 2018 by Gregg Gammello

Although emergency room visits can be stressful for all senior citizens, they are particularly difficult for those with Alzheimer’s disease. If your older loved one is living with Alzheimer’s disease and must go to the emergency room, these tips from palliative care professionals in Lansdale, PA, are bound to make the experience a bit easier.

 

Come Along

Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease should never visit the emergency room alone. If you are unable to go with your loved one, ask a trustworthy friend, family member, or palliative care aide. After an emergency room visit, the individual who accompanied the senior should update loved ones on the situation.

 

Be Patient

Keep in mind that hospitals can be scary and confusing for anyone living with Alzheimer’s disease. By bringing a photograph, blanket, or some soothing music with you to the emergency room, you can help your senior relax. Be sure to practice patience and be as positive as possible.

 

Inform Hospital Staff of Alzheimer’s

One of the first things you should do when you get to the emergency room is inform the hospital staff that your older loved one has Alzheimer’s disease. This way, they know they’ll need specialized attention and can better provide for them.

 

Bring the Appropriate Items

An emergency room visit can go more smoothly when you bring the appropriate items with you. Aides who offer palliative care suggest health insurance cards, a copy of advance directives, a current list of medications, allergies, and medical conditions, snacks, bottled water, and a cell phone charger.

 

By ensuring your senior isn’t alone, being patient, properly informing hospital staff, and bringing appropriate items, you can take some of the stress out of taking your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease to the emergency room.

 

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