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… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for November 27, 2022: Huddle Up!
We talk a lot about getting your patients up and walking to help keep them functional, strong and avoid falls. This week, we share some of the evidence that backs this up! Below is a link to a brief article, “The Tension Between Promoting Mobility and Preventing Falls in the Hospital,” which highlights key research… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for November 20, 2022: Evidence for Fall Prevention
Thanksgiving will be here soon, so we’re doing another contest! Since the upcoming holiday centers around a big feast, the theme for this contest is self-feeding. We’d like you and your team to help patients—particularly those with cognitive decline— feed themselves, rather than be fed by staff or family members. Here are some tips to… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for November 13, 2022: Feast on Function Focused Care
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 30, 2022:
Last week, we talked about how having a patient’s favorite staff member work one-on-one with them when behavioral issues arise can be effective. Sometimes though, even that strategy doesn’t work as well as we’d hope. In those instances, when a patient with dementia may be especially agitated and pushing nurses and others away, it can… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for October 23, 2022: Know When to Step Away
Not all patients are are easy. We have to work with what we’ve got! Sometimes, patients with dementia or other cognitive impairment have behavioral issues that require extra attention and creative strategies to address them. When this happens, we may be tempted to have several nurses or other team members intervene together. However, it’s often… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for October 16, 2022: When It’s Better to Play Favorites
Fall is here, and we’re starting to see colorful autumn leaves float gracefully to the ground. But in acute care units, when we hear the word “fall,” a much different scene 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 we… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for October 9, 2022: Stand Up Against Falls!
We know it can be difficult to get patients up for a walk during the night shift because staff is usually administering medication at the start of the shift, and then it’s almost bedtime. But getting patients up for a stroll before they go to bed can help them sleep through the night better—a trick… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for October 2, 2022: Crawl Through the Halls Halloween Contest!
AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for September 25, 2022: Tips for helping your patients maintain good oral hygiene
Oral health plays a key role in the comfort and wellbeing of your patients, but it may seem like lower priority when we are busy and time is short in an acute care setting. Encouraging patients to care for their teeth and gums and knowing how to assist them when necessary will help your patients… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for September 25, 2022: Tips for helping your patients maintain good oral hygiene
Many of you have heard the expression, “the 12th man on the field,” referring to the role that fans play in football games. The fans are the cheerleaders and their support and encouragement can positively impact the motivation and momentum of the team. Don’t overlook the influence of the “12th man” on your healthcare team—the… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for September 18, 2022: The Twelfth Man
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