We’ve come a long way in engaging patients’ families, but have a long way to go


In my current role as a nurse working in a memory care center, my colleagues and I know it is imperative that the family be involved in care decisions. Though dementia at a very early stage can possibly be handled in an isolated role with just the patient, as it progresses, a team approach is vital for the best care possible using a patient-centric model.


Can you imagine having a full visit and conversation with an individual with moderate to severe dementia, prescribing medications and not having a family member there to help carry out and share in the decisions? How would true informed consent be obtained without the inclusion of family members? How would …

Be sure to read the rest of this piece written by my friend Sherri Loeb, RN on FierceHealthcare’s Hospital Impact



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