Dementia Patients May Be Hospitalized Too Often, Study Finds

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A new study found that approximately two-thirds of dementia patients living in nursing homes had at least one unnecessary hospitalization in their last year of life. According to the researchers, whose findings examined data collected by the Health and Retirement Study between 2000 and 2008, many of these hospitalizations were avoidable.

However, dementia patients in nursing homes were not more likely to be hospitalized than other nursing home residents prior to their last year of life, probably because such facilities employ people with dementia care experience. Still, the prevalence of end-of-life hospitalization indicates that families should make long-term plans for the care of their loved ones with dementia as far in advance as possible.

Elderly people with dementia are at much greater risk and are more likely to fall victim to elder abuse and/or neglect, so care must be taken to monitor them for signs of abuse.

Unfortunately, due to their cognitive issues and increased dependence on other people to take care of them, not only are they more vulnerable to abuse, but are more likely to be taken advantage of, even by strangers. If you believe someone you know, especially with dementia, is being mistreated or not receiving the proper care that their mental state requires, it’s imperative to seek legal advice.  An attorney that regularly handles elder abuse cases can help offer guidance and appropriate legal recourse.

If you are looking for an elder abuse attorney, contact the law firm of Garcia, Artigliere & Medby today. Call 800-281-8515 or visit www.lawgarcia.com for a free case review.