PRINCIPLE 7: Supportive care environments for older people with confusion
NSW hospitals will provide a supportive care environment for the older person with confusion.
Creating supportive care environments
Seven key strategies for creating supportive care environments for older people with confusion have been identified (1-6). A list of specific strategies and tips are included.
An audit of the supportive care environment should be conducted to highlight potential risks and identify potential improvements.
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