Theik Di Oo, Zay Yar Aung, Vivian C Barrera, Shiela P Arroyo and Si Ching Lim*
Department of Geriatric Medicine, Changi General Hospital, SingaporeFulltext PDF
The elderly patients are currently the main occupants of acute hospital beds and this trend will likely increase as the world ages. The elderly patients with cognitive issues frequently have behavioral symptoms which may be challenging for the care staff to manage, especially the staff who have not been formally trained in Gerontology. The use of restraints for this group of vulnerable patients should be discouraged as restraints can cause harmful effects. The use of iPads as a nonpharmacological strategy for managing the behavioral symptoms among the elderly in-patients with cognitive issues was effective in reducing agitation, with an improvement in mood and sundown symptoms. The patients were actively and meaningfully engaged with their iPads during therapy. The nursing staff too, benefited from iPads as a novel therapy for their elderly in-patients with cognitive issues in providing cognitive and social stimulations, which they had no time to provide for. While the patients showed improvement in their behavioral symptoms, the nurses’ stress levels reduced with improved self-reported job satisfaction.
iPads; Dementia; BPSD; Elderly; Acute Hospital wards
Oo TD, Aung ZY, Barrera VC, Arroyo SP, Lim SC. The Use of iPads as Part of Person Centered Care in a Teaching Hospital in Singapore. Ann Clin Med Res. 2021; 2(5): 1040..