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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Do dementia patients need to be hopsitalised?

    My mother is 60 living with an increased risk of dementia, does this mean she needs to be hopsitalised?
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    Dr Nicholas Bradfield

    Clinical Neuropsychologist, Psychologist

    Dr Bradfield is a Clinical Neuropsychologist working in private practice and in the public health system in Melbourne, Australia. He has clinical experience conducting neuropsychological ... View Profile

    A patient with dementia does not necessarily need to be hospitalised.  They may be able to be diagnosed and managed in the community.  If there are complicated medical issues that need attention or psychiatric issues, then a hospitalisation may be beneficial. 

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    Dr Rohit Bansal

    Geriatrician (Aged Care Specialist)

    Dr. Rohit Bansal MBBS, DNB(General Medicine), FRACP(Geriatric Medicine) is a Consultant Geriatrician and Rehabilitation Physician. He aims to provide specialist Geriatric care at the Gold ... View Profile

    Well, the presence of Dementia does not exclude an individual from having optimal medical care just like someone with normal cognition and thinking. People with Dementia are quite vulnerable and likely to require hospitalization if they become medically unwell from infection.

    In a majority, diagnosis of dementia is done through the specialist outpatients without the need for hospital admission. The degree of functional impairment from dementia and risks of living in the community are the determinants of hospitalization or Residential care. 

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