Weekly Tidbits

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for February 5, 2023: Don’t D/C without FFC!

Your patient is ready to be discharged from the hospital and her family members are relieved to finally be getting their loved one back home to a familiar setting, since she has dementia and the hospital stay has been confusing for her. You’ve got the list of medications and follow-up appointments to review with them,…

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for January 22, 2023: Conflicting Goals?

Do you sometimes feel torn between preventing patient falls and getting your patients up and walking? You know that helping patients maintain their strength through mobility can help reduce their risk of falling when they return home. But, having a patient fall while walking is something everyone wants to avoid, especially as it can result…

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for January 8, 2023: Delirium May Look Different in Older Patients

About half of hospitalized older adults with dementia experience delirium. But delirium can be under-recognized by the healthcare team in acute care settings, especially if the patient has the hypoactive (or “quiet”) form of delirium. When we picture someone who is experiencing delirium, we usually think of the hyperactive form that is characterized by hyper-alertness, restlessness, combativeness,…

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for January 1, 2023: New Year, New Habits

Happy New Year!!!  We don’t like the idea of a “New Year’s resolution” where one misstep results in giving up until next year. Instead, looking at the new year as an opportunity to change old habits and creative positive new ones—especially with a team–can be a more effective way to approach change. This year, what…

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for December 18, 2022: Let ME Do It!

Our research team once joked that we should buy t-shirts for patients that say, “Let ME do it!” to remind nursing staff to give them a chance perform activities of daily living (eating, brushing their teeth, combing their hair, etc.) for themselves. While we don’t have the t-shirts (budget limits J), we encourage you to…

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for December 11, 2022: The Role of Resilience

In an editorial article published earlier this year on resilience and successful aging, the authors describe resilience as “the ability to bounce back after a stressful encounter or adversity in life” and notes that, “Resilience is increasingly being considered as a pillar of successful aging (Merchant, et al).” A hospital stay will certainly test a…

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for December 4, 2022: Encourage Independent Eating

We have extended the self-feeding contest through December! Email us or tell your research facilitator how you and your team have been optimizing patient independence by cueing, role modeling, and using hand-over-hand technique with patients to encourage them to feed themselves. Remember, this helps them maintain their function, strength, and dignity, and even decreases their…

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for November 27, 2022: Huddle Up!

First off, we hope you had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday! We are all thankful for the wonderful work you do every day! With college football playoffs approaching, and the NFL heating up, team huddles are our minds. We’ve shared lots of strategies to help you and your team keep your older patients with…

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