Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, ChristianaCare is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Tuesday, Jan. 21. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information about the Flu visit our Health Library.

Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, ChristianaCare está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 21 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

Para más información sobre la gripe, visite nuestra Biblioteca de Salud.

Health & Wellness

Caring for Your Loved One With Alzheimer's Disease or Related Dementias

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes a progressive loss of mental functioning. It affects a person’s ability to recall information, learn, reason and communicate. Because it is progressive, the disease will worsen over time. How quickly the disease progresses is different from person to person.

Currently, the cause of Alzheimer’s disease is unknown, and no cure has been found. There are, however, medications and programs, including clinical trials, that may slow the progression of symptoms and maximize function. There is reason to hope.

This guide was created for people in Delaware who are caring for a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Additional help for caregivers is available from the Visiting Nurse Association and the Swank Memory Care Center at ChristianaCare. Special thanks to the Alzheimer’s Association, Wilmington Regional Office, for their assistance.

Stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Health care providers often use this scale, developed by Dr. Barry Reisberg and colleagues, to determine how the disease has progressed and what level of care is needed. The scale is also sometimes called the Functional Assessment Staging (FAST) Scale.

Stage Characteristics
1 Normal Adult
  • No memory loss.
2 Normal Older Adult
  • Individual is aware of some memory decline.
3 Early Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Co-workers become aware of relatively poor performance.
  • May retain little material read in a book.
  • May display denial.
4 Mild Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Decreased ability to recall current and recent events.
  • Needs help with complex tasks, such as handling finances.
  • May withdraw from challenging situations.
  • Displays denial.
5 Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Can no longer survive without some help.
  • No help needed with eating and toileting, but needs help choosing proper clothing.
  • May frequently be confused about the date, day of the week, season, etc.
6 Moderately Severe Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Needs help with toileting, bathing and dressing.
  • Changes in personality and behavior.
7 Severe Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Ability to speak declines severely. May grunt.
  • Loses basic skills such as ability to walk, sit up or smile.