Your Dementia-Friendly Hospital
- Recognizes the signs and symptoms of dementia upon a patient’s admission.
- Provides training for staff on how to care for a person with dementia.
- Asks family members and caregivers to provide detailed information about the patient’s preferences.
- Makes special clinical and non-clinical accommodations for patients with dementia.
- Emphasizes the non-pharmacological management of the expression of the disease.
- Provides specially trained companions to help patients with dementia feel comfortable and safe.
- Involves family and caregivers in the discharge planning process.
- Provides dementia education to patients and caregivers.
The lavender Forget-Me-Not has been selected as FirstHealth’s symbol for dementia. The Forget-Me-Not is a delicate flower that requires gentle love and care. Within FirstHealth hospitals, the flower is placed on a patient’s door to indicate the patient has memory or cognitive challenges. This puts staff on notice to use their dementia-friendly skills as they provide care.
Caring for a loved-one with dementia poses many challenges for families and caregivers. FirstHealth of the Carolinas offers Support Groups for caregivers of dementia patients.For more information, or to find a group near you, click here.
To learn more about FirstHealth’s Dementia-Friendly program, including tips for communicating with dementia patients and how you can get involved in making your facility Dementia-Friendly, call (800) 213-3284.
FirstHealth's Dementia-Friendly Hospitals include: