Nursing institutions: Homes poorly prepared for seniors with alcohol problem

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Scientists, nursing experts and interest groups are calling for a different way of dealing with alcoholic elderly people in elderly care facilities.

“Homes must develop a problem awareness,” said the Bonn care researcher and geriatrist Dirk K. Wolter. This also applies to sleep and sedatives. “It's about education concepts, a warning system and intensive collaboration with family doctors,” he said. “I am of the opinion that in the homes people with alcohol-related disorders must be taken more into focus,” affirmed the Mannheim gerontologist Martina Schäufele.

The topic must be anchored much more in the care of the elderly, said nursing expert Andreas Kutschke. In education, it is completely neglected. He criticized that there was always talk of improvements for dementia patients. “But we also have problems with other groups: depressed seniors, alcoholic seniors, sedentary dependent seniors.” This must also be incorporated into considerations for improving care.

The Nursing Association BIVA referred in this context to the permanent personnel problem of care for the elderly: “In order to be able to take good care of alcoholic home residents, enough personnel are needed. On a chronically understaffed station, it is not even possible to endorse the tiring effect of alcohol in the worst case, so that the residents can sleep through the night. »

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