Hanukkah starts this evening, and Christmas decorations are making their appearance, so let the holidays begin! This season brings fun opportunities to encourage your patients to get up and move! Try playing some holiday music on your unit and ask patients to dance, clap and march (while sitting or standing) to the upbeat tunes (think… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for November 28, 2021: Let the (Holiday) Music Move You!
With the holidays right around the corner and vaccines allowing families with older adults to see each other again, grandchildren will be able to celebrate with their grandparents this year! This is a great opportunity to involve kids in function focused care by helping to motivate your older patients to get up and moving so… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for November 21, 2021: Kids Can Help with Function Focused Care!
Look around your patient’s room. Is something missing? We know rooms are small and space is tight, but your patient’s room might be missing a key element that can help them recover and maintain their strength, skin integrity, and more: a chair! Every room should have a chair for the patient to help cue staff… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for November 14, 2021: Grab a Seat
For nurses and other staff who care for older adults (especially those with cognitive impairment) in acute care settings, the prospect of having a patient fall is SCARY! But keeping a patient in bed and discouraging ambulation (for example, by encouraging use of a bedpan or bedside commode instead of helping a patient walk to… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for October 31, 2021: Tricks for Halloween!
Patients who are dependent for weight shifting (Mobility Level 1 and 2) or Mobility Level 3 patients who need assist should be seated fully upright on a daily basis for no more than 2 hours (less if issues with skin integrity or wounds). OOB to chair = sitting upright. When a patient has an out… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for October 24, 2021: Up Means Up!
We all know that getting patients up and out of bed is vital for lots of reasons, but this can be challenging on a busy unit when patients need extra help or equipment to safely mobilize and staff is short on time. Try organizing mobility teams, where a physical therapist (PT) or PT assistant and… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for October 17, 2021: Team Up for Mobility
One of our study sites asked for an infographic on Function Focused Care (FFC) to help educate their staff about FFC in a quick, visual way. We thought we’d share with everyone what our research interventionist developed because we think it’s great! (She is too—nice job, Irene!) Attached is a visual you can post on… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for October 10, 2021: Infographic Function Focused Care
Your team has likely learned new and better ways to support, motivate, and communicate with each other during the pandemic. Use these enhanced skills to help make Function Focused Care (FFC) a daily habit for staff and patients. Your FFC champions are leaders and role models, and play a vital role in implementing the strategies… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for October 3, 2021: Team Up to Get Patients Moving
Fall is here, and soon we’ll be watching colorful autumn leaves float gracefully to the ground. But in acute care units, when we hear the word “fall,” a much different scene usually comes to mind and there’s not much graceful about it! Fear of falling is common for older patients—and their caregivers—but there are things… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for September 26, 2021: Stand Up to Falls!
Take a look at these great bulletin boards created by one of our research facilitators in Pennsylvania! The bulletin boards present mobility and Function Focused Care information geared towards patients and families. She included multiple copies of chair and bed exercises so that patients can take and keep a copy. The infographics are from the… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for September 19, 2021: Bulletin Board Bonanza
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