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
- Department of Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA
- Correspondence to: Dr Faika Zanjani, Behavioral and Community Health, University of Maryland, 1242x SPH:BCH, College Park, MD 20742, USA;
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 …