A while back, we discussed the importance of preventing and recognizing signs of hypoactive delirium in your patients with dementia. This week we’d like to share a resource from the Hospital Elder Life Program that teaches more about delirium and includes “The Delirium Prevention Toolkit” to help hospitalized older adults maintain cognitive and physical functioning, especially during times of COVID-19 isolation: https://www.hospitalelderlifeprogram.org/for-clinicians/covid19-resources
We encourage you visit the link and look through the toolkit, which includes quick tips about hydration, nutrition, mobility, sleep, and activities and orientation. There are examples of relaxation exercises to help promote sleep and calm stress, range of motion exercises, and games for cognitive stimulation. Not only can these activities help reduce risk of delirium in patients, they can also help them maintain function during their hospital stay.
Have a great week!