Discharge planning

1.The nurse should:

·Inform the family about the disease and what to expect

·Teach the family how to care for the patient

·Provide information about support groups and resources

·Discuss safety concerns and how to prevent accidents

·Explain the importance of medication compliance and how to manage medications

·Provide information about diet and nutrition

·Discuss the importance of exercise and activities

2. There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but there are treatments available that can help to slow the progression of the disease and ease the symptoms. There are also a number of things that people with Alzheimer’s can do to help reduce the risk of the disease and/or reduce further complications from Alzheimer’s.

·Alzheimer’s patients can reduce the risk of the disease by quitting smoking, exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, managing stress, getting enough sleep, and staying socially active. Additionally, they can reduce further complications from Alzheimer’s by taking medications as prescribed, going to regular medical appointments, wearing medical alert identification, making sure their home is safe, and planning for their future care needs.