As we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, the idea of “resilience” has gained more attention. Your resilience as a health care provider is certainly tested—and hopefully strengthened—as we continue to move forward through this difficult time, learning more about ourselves and each other than ever before. What about the resilience of your older adult… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for September 5, 2021: Recognize Resilience!
You already know that getting patients up and walking is beneficial to them for a variety of reasons. But we all have things in our lives that we know we should do, but don’t, and there are usually a bunch of reasons why. Unless we identify the barriers that keep us from doing what we… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for August 22, 2021: What are your barriers to getting patients walking?
Many of your older patients may have difficulty hearing, and this can make matters more challenging when you are encouraging them to participate in their care and help them ambulate. Our friends at Penn State School of Nursing have shared one of their tidbits that includes key communication strategies for Hearing-Impaired Older Patients. If you… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for August 15, 2021: Can Your Patients Hear You?
If you watched some of the Olympics over the past few weeks, you’ve likely heard athletes talk about what inspires them—what pushes them to keep working every day, even when things get difficult and painful. When it comes to Function Focused Care, what inspires your patients? What motivates them to walk to the bathroom or… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for August 8, 2021: Inspiration Leads to Determination
You know by now that a big part of Function Focused Care is getting your patients to move and ambulate as much as they are able. Often, they need to use a cane or walker, and a gait belt can help you walk safely with patients. Are these handy when it’s time to go for… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for August 1, 2021: Are your patients equipped to move?
We’ll start with Number Two: One of the biggest factors related to behavioral issues in nursing homes (and may therefore be the case in acute care settings with your patients who have dementia) is constipation. Since it can be very difficult to use a bedpan for bowel movements on the best of days, helping a… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for July 25, 2021: Potty Talk
Our friends at the Penn State College of Nursing shared these great Function Focused Care reminders with us, and we are paying it forward and passing them on to you. Remember that an exercise as simple as “sit-to-stand” can go a long way towards helping your patients with dementia maintain their ability to transfer to… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for July 18, 2021: Keep Your Patients Moving
When it comes to maintaining (or improving!) function and mobility in your patients with dementia, knowing what they were able to do prior to coming to the hospital is crucial. You may be able to find this information in the patient’s electronic record, but how often do you search it out and how easy is… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for July 11, 2021: White Board Wisdom
Do you sometimes see “fireworks” on your unit? Not the colorful, sparkly, celebratory kind…but emotional fireworks, where patients who have dementia become combative or aggressive and you aren’t sure the best way to respond? Often, a patient with cognitive impairment who is behaving this way is trying to communicate feelings that they aren’t able to… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for July 4, 2021: Happy Fourth of July!
Bedside reports are a great opportunity to update a patient’s mobility score for the day and communicate it to the healthcare team, including nurses coming on shift. If a person’s mobility score indicates that they should be up and transferring to a chair or walking, this gives the team a chance to discuss the score… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for June 27, 2021: Talk Mobility During Bedside Reports
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