As we share strategies to help you and your team keep your older patients with cognitive impairment mobile and active during their hospital stay, we know that sometimes opportunities to provide function focused care are missed, and missteps occur. But this is a chance to “huddle up” with your team and talk about what could have been done differently for a better outcome. Review what happened (without judgement) and invite input from co-workers on what could have been done better.
You can lead this effort by talking about a time when you could have done something differently with a patient that would have ended with a better result. Help each other stay consistent in providing function focused care, and work together to develop and implement effective strategies to manage challenging behaviors of patients.
Lastly, don’t forget our Holiday Function Focused Care Contest!!!! Just reply to this email address by Sunday, January 9th with your photos and/or brief written description about how you are integrating function focused care with your patients. We will pick our favorites to win a prize for your unit staff and share in a weekly tidbit. We look forward to hearing from you!