Build your knowledge and confidence to navigate a hospital stay
Helpful Zoom Workshops
We at Thoughtful Hospitalization™ offer workshops for the families and caregivers of people with Alzheimer's.
From the Comfort of Your Own Home
We offer helpful three one-hour long online workshops through zoom to talk about preventing hospitalization and navigating discharge / post-hospital care.
We have helped close the gap between prevalence and detection of cognitively impaired patients for over ten years.
Persons living with dementia frequently have other chronic illnesses—and their problems with thinking can make managing these conditions even more of a challenge. A trip to the hospital, planned or unplanned, with a person who has a memory disorder can be difficult to manage and risky.
Thoughtful Hospitalization™ is a new 90-minute workshop for caregivers of persons with dementia to help you prepare for both unexpected and planned hospital visits and to prepare for transitions in care. Now available online and in a train the trainer version.
What do we know empirically about these risks, and how can we reduce them?
Be Prepared. Hospitalization Happens
How can we be prepared for the trip to the emergency department or an inpatient stay? What information and knowledge are needed for acute care?
After an acute stay, what information needs to come back with the patient? How do we prepare ourselves emotionally and otherwise to deal with a less able person coming home?
The Thoughtful Hospitalization™ workshop strives to increase awareness of the special circumstances faced by caregivers both during and after the hospitalization of an individual living with dementia. Analysis of the pre and post scores from our pilot group indicated that there was a significant increase in the knowledge associated with the process of hospitalization as it relates to individuals living with dementia, with participants getting an average 1 more item correct on the post-knowledge survey (Figure 1).
Mean Number of Correct Responses to Thoughtful Hospitalization™ Pre / Post Knowledge Survey n = 27
Note. Difference between number of correct responses between pre and post is significant at p < .01 although caution should be used when interpreting results due to low n.
Besides the knowledge survey, all participants also reported on several different measures of program satisfaction. Overall, participants reported that they felt the program was valuable (97.4%), that they had learned at least one new thing that day (97.4%), were confident that they could use the knowledge they learned (97.5%), and reported that they would recommend the program to others (97.4%).
Thoughtful Hospitalization™, an online workshop for family caregivers. The workshop is about an hour and a half long and will be offered online.
Registrants will receive a hospital “go bag”, handouts and access to recordings for the sessions. Each will be asked to do a short pre and post workshop survey to aid us in making sure we are providing high quality education.