Hello everyone, Check out the bulletin board (see below) that’s now adorning a unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center! Some of our champions helped create the board to remind staff about the early mobility scale and why function focused care (FFC) is so important, along with pictures of staff engaging in FFC interventions.… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week: Is Your Staff “On Board” with Function Focused Care?
When you care for older patients on your hospital unit, you are often seeing them at their worst—sick, sometimes frail, and perhaps afraid. It can help to remember that these people were once vibrant and active, and very often still have that spirit inside them. They just need some encouragement! Ask them about their favorite… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for June 6, 2021: Never Too Old to Boogie!
As we celebrate Memorial Day weekend and honor the sacrifices of the men and women who fought and died while serving our country, we also think about those who have survived combat and are living with the consequences that affect their mental health. You are likely familiar with the term “post-traumatic stress disorder” (PTSD), which… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 30, 2021: Trauma Informed Care
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… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 23, 2021: Timely Tips for Improving Communication
In this age of the internet where health information is everywhere, it can be overwhelming and difficult to determine which information is credible among a sea of misinformation. This spring, the National Institute on Aging launched a new website, http://www.alzheimers.gov, to educate and support people whose lives are touched by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 16, 2021: Learn and Teach about Dementia
AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 9, 2021: All Hands On Deck to Help Patients Maintain Function & Mobility
If you’ve ever been sick in bed for several days with a bad cold, flu, or COVID-19, you know that it doesn’t take long before you start to feel weak, sore, and even restless. Now imagine how older adults with dementia may feel during a hospital stay, and what effects those days lying in bed… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 9, 2021: All Hands On Deck to Help Patients Maintain Function & Mobility
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,… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 2, 2021: Delirium Prevention Toolkit for Hospitalized Patients
AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for April 25, 2021: Create a Plan and Evaluate It – The Final Steps of DICE
This week we’ll finish discussing the four steps of DICE. We hope you had a chance to discuss the “Describe” and “Investigate” parts with your staff, and are finding the process helpful as you work to assess and manage behaviors of your patients with dementia. The “C” in DICE stands for “Create a Plan.” Once… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for April 25, 2021: Create a Plan and Evaluate It – The Final Steps of DICE
AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for April 18, 2021: Use your Sleuthing Skills for the Second Step of the DICE Model
In last week’s tidbit, we discussed the DICE process for assessing and managing behavioral issues in patients with dementia. We focused on the “D”—describing a resident’s behavior with specific details that provide important clues about the cause of the behavior. This week we focus on the “I”—Investigate. Once we have a detailed description of the behavior,… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for April 18, 2021: Use your Sleuthing Skills for the Second Step of the DICE Model
AC FFC Tidbit of the Week: DICE–An Approach to Behavior Assessment & Management in Patients with Dementia
As you care for patients with dementia, learning what can trigger challenging behaviors such as aggression, agitation, and yelling out can go a long way towards helping to prevent them. This week we are introducing “DICE,” a tool you can use to assess and manage behavior change in people with dementia. DICE stands for: Describe the behavior Investigate the influence… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week: DICE–An Approach to Behavior Assessment & Management in Patients with Dementia
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