AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 23, 2021: Timely Tips for Improving Communication

When it comes to real estate, the key is location, location, location. But when it comes to caring for older adults with dementia in an acute care setting, communication is the key.

On a busy hospital unit, time is limited, so we must make the most of the minutes we spend with our patients and the interdisciplinary care team to ensure that we are effectively communicating important information to all those who need to hear it. The time you spend with colleagues and patients during bedside reports is an ideal opportunity to update the team on the patient’s mobility score for the day. Has it improved? Worsened? What is the patient’s mobility goal for today? How can we work together to meet the goal?

Try including this information during bedside report for the next few weeks, and see what happens. Do you find that verbally discussing a patient’s mobility status and goals with the care team results in a greater percentage of patients reaching their goals? Does it change how nurses and nursing assistants approach how they provide care to or with the patient?

How are you communicating your patient’s goals to team members? Can the process be improved with your team to result in better communication and outcomes? We encourage you to discuss these questions with your research interventionist! Any tips we learn from you, we can share in future tidbits.

Have a great week!

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