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Hospital Initiative
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Compared with other older people, older people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias have three times more hospitalizations, four times more hospital days and almost three times more emergency department visits.  

We have partnered with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, the John Hartford Foundation, the Retirement Research Foundation, the Practice Change Fellowship Program and Primaris to develop a curriculum to provide education to hospital staff in order to improve care for people with dementia in the acute care setting. Our goal is not the diagnosis of dementia, but awareness of symptoms of dementia that will affect care and outcomes.

Dementia Friendly Hospital Initiative (DFHI): Care Not Crisis

This nationally recognized program provides education and community partnership to hospital staff to improve care for people with dementia and involve their families in the acute care setting.

The DFHI education program fosters best care approaches and practice changes that result in "dementia friendly care" in hospital settings. DFHI addresses acute care staff's dementia specific awareness, as well as the knowledge, attitudes and behaviors that most affect adverse outcomes and enhance quality of care.

As part of the DFHI project, data was compiled regarding effectiveness and best practices.  Here are two publications related to the project:

Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2010 Oct-Dec; 24(4): 372–379.  Dementia Friendly Hospitals:  Care Not Crisis

Generations:  Journal of the American Society on Aging / Fall 2013 Volume 37 Number 3  "Getting to Yes"

It is the goal of the Alzheimer's Association chapter to make this proven curriculum available for you to use to provide education to your hospital staff.  Below you will find a link to the curriculum, slides and handouts used in these classes.  As mentioned in the curriculum, you are welcome to use the materials, but please give credit to the Alzheimer's Association Chapter for the content.

For more information about the Hospital Initiative, please contact the 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.





Past funding has been received from The Retirement Research Foundation and The Practice Change Fellowship supported by The John A. Hartford and The Atlantic Philanthropies Foundations.



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