DESK REVIEWS | 07.04.04. Do hospitals have any dementia-specific beds?

DESK REVIEW | 07.04.04. Do hospitals have any dementia-specific beds?

The Dr R. M. Verma Sub-speciality block at NIMHANS has 10 in-patient beds exclusive for persons with dementia, which are provided at subsidised rates. Other private hospitals such as ASHA hospitals Hyderabad also has some dedicated beds for persons with dementia.

There is no indication of hospitals allocating their beds specifically for dementia patients. For instance, even in Rumah Sakit Pusat Otak Nasional (National Brain Hospital), the way the beds are allocated are based on level of amenities and whether it is for emergency or normal wards (Rumah Sakit Pusat Otak Nasional Prof. Dr. dr. Mahar Mardjono Jakarta, n.d.).

References:

Rumah Sakit Pusat Otak Nasional Prof. Dr. dr. Mahar Mardjono Jakarta. (n.d.). Rumah Sakit Pusat Otak Nasional Prof. Dr. dr. Mahar Mardjono Jakarta. https://www.rspon.co.id/bed.php

No, these specific beds are not available.

South Africa has reduced its psychogeriatric units at its universities from 5 across the country to 1 remaining unit at Stikland Hospital in Bellville (Western Cape) (Health24, 2018b). This unit has 3 wards with a bed capacity of 77 (i.e., 33 for men and 44 women). Based on the information available from online sources, it is unclear whether any of these beds are dementia specific (Health24, 2018b).

References:

Health24. (2018b). SA has only 3 psychiatrists specialising in old-age. https://www.health24.com/Mental-Health/News/sa-has-only-3-psychiatrists-specialising-in-old-age-20180813