Dementia in the acute setting

Kate Swaffer shines a light on despicable treatment provided to a man with Alzheimer’s disease at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. One can only hope that this practice is not the norm.

shackled patientSadly, I have yet another horror story of our acute sector in Australia, and their mistreatment of people with dementia. Obviously I had hoped the experiences I wrote of three years ago had not continued, and that care for this very marginalised group might have improved.

But alas, it seems not. When I wrote about this appalling treatment three years ago, I did not name and shame. I am not being that “restrained” this time…

A friend’s father who had Alzheimer’s Disease died in September as an inpatient of one of our main public hospitals, the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and sadly spent the last two weeks of his life starving himself to death, simply because the staff refused to allow him to go home to die, and had talked his family into leaving him into hospital, using the “but it is in the best interests of your father/husband” standard cop-out…

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