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Family carers of people with cognitive impairment who are admitted to hospital experience disruption from their normal routine and use a variety of strategies to cope

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Implications for practice and research

  • Healthcare systems need to recognise that hospitalisation is an extremely disruptive experience for patients with cognitive impairment or depression—as it also is for informal caregivers.

  • The healthcare system should tailor facilities that psychosocially and instrumentally support old-aged patients with cognitive impairment or depression and their informal caregivers, so as to enable a high-quality hospitalisation experience and consequent positive outcomes.

  • Research should focus on the impact of additional social services and family support across the healthcare system.


This paper contributes to the knowledge surrounding caregiver perceptions of late-life care in the context of hospitalisation and mental health. An extensive body …

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