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Thank you to Pat Stacy Cohen of Advocate Health for the following resources.

The MY STORY is similar to what Richard suggested be on hand for hospital staff to know about the personal side of their patients. Click here to download our version.

Here is the link to its origins: http://www.endonurse.com/news/2007/03/my-story-program-helps-caregivers-engage-with-pat.aspx

Victor Valley Community Hospital My Story: http://vvchosp.com/mystory.php

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This is more for clinicians but there is a tab along the top that includes materials for patients and families: http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/icudelirium/

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Click here to download our handout for families about delirium.

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Hospital Elder Life Program website.  You have to register but it has lots of stuff…(Click on The HELP program tab on the left for the volunteer program materials): http://www.hospitalelderlifeprogram.org/public/public-main.php

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This is a downloadable booklet called Acute Hospitalization and Alzheimer’s disease: Special Kind of Care. Teepa Snow was involved in its creation:  http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/acute-hospitalization-and-alzheimers-disease-special-kind-care

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Hospitalization Happens: A guide to hospital visits for individuals with memory loss: http://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/publication/hospitalization-happens

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Nurses Improving Care of Healthsystem Elders (NICHE): Click here to access the NICHE website  (some pages are for members only but there is a tab for patients and families that is free access)

NICHE is the leading organization designed to help healthcare professionals in hospitals improve the care of older adults. NICHE provides the structure to develop, implement, and sustain system wide improvement in care of older adult patients. As a center for collaborative learning, NICHE offers an extensive portfolio of education and assessment tools, benchmarking methodologies, a robust online knowledge center and the platform for connecting with peers and experts. Joining NICHE helps hospitals create an environment where older adult patients are cared for in ways that foster better outcomes while also meeting the patients’ unique needs.

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Working with Families of Hospitalized Older Adults with Dementia: Click here to access the article     (second page of this article has a section for families to record preferences of patients etc. for nurses to use). Families of hospital patients with dementia have many reasons for heightened anxiety.  They are concerned about the medical condition that caused the hospitalization and also about how the person will react in an unfamiliar setting and whether the hospital staff will be able to understand and/or provide care for the person.  This article recommends three approaches to improve care and patient outcomes.

Families and HealthCare Professionals working together: Lots of good fact sheets – http://www.nextstepincare.org/Caregiver_Home/ 

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