As you integrate Function Focused Care with your patients with dementia, sometimes you will encounter resistance to care, especially during more intimate activities like bathing, dressing and oral care. This week we’re sharing 10 tips to help you decrease this resistance while encouraging your patient to participate in their own care: Approach is key! Assume… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for February 28, 2021: 10 Tips to Reduce Resistance to Care
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,… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for February 21, 2021: Don’t D/C Without FFC!
Getting your patients walking early and often is extremely important and can have a major impact on their recovery and success once they leave the hospital. Once your patients are able to walk (no matter how slowly), it’s time to get moving! Need some inspiration? Five years ago, nurses at the University of Wisconsin Hospital… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for February 14, 2021: Walk the Walk
This week we’re highlighting an essential reminder shared with us by the Penn State College of Nursing about the dangers of immobility during hospital stays. Even if a patient is unable to walk, there are still things you can do to maximize their mobility and reduce the risk of decreased muscle mass (which can lead… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for February 7, 2021: Make Mobility a Priority
Many older adults are affected by swollen legs and ankles (edema), and with decreased ambulation in a hospital setting, this problem can worsen. Edema can decrease mobility, increase fall risk, and simply be uncomfortable for the patient. DailyCaring.org recently shared a 7 minute video that demonstrates three quick and easy exercises that reduce swelling in… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for January 31, 2021: Exercises to Reduce Swollen Legs & Ankles
Delirium is common (estimated to be about 50%) among older adults with dementia who are hospitalized, but several risk factors contribute to delirium being under-recognized by nurses and other healthcare professionals in acute care settings: hypoactive (or “quiet”) form of delirium, over age 80, visual impairment, and dementia. When we picture someone who is experiencing… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for January 24, 2021: Don’t Overlook Hypoactive Delirium
AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for January 17, 2021: What you know about a patient’s preferences can help you!
Since hospital visitors are limited because of COVID-19 surges, you and your colleagues’ faces are among the only ones that patients are seeing. Think about your patients with dementia. You are unfamiliar to them to begin with, and wearing a mask too! Imagine how frightening or confusing this experience must be for them. Fortunately, you… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for January 17, 2021: What you know about a patient’s preferences can help you!
Music has enormous power. It can motivate. It can soothe. It can make you smile, and move you to tears. It is more accessible now than ever before, and can be a huge help when taking care of patients with dementia. We have seen first-hand how simply turning off the television in a patient’s room… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit for January 10, 2021: Let the Music Move You
AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for January 3, 2021: Addressing Fears (your and theirs!) about Physical Activity
Hello everyone and Happy New Year! It’s easy to understand that if a person has fallen before and gotten hurt (this may even be the reason they are in the hospital), that they are often afraid of falling again. Because of this fear, they avoid walking and quickly become weaker, which actually increases their risk… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for January 3, 2021: Addressing Fears (your and theirs!) about Physical Activity
The holiday season is in full swing, and we thought it would be fun to put a holiday twist on Function Focused Care as you work with your patients to get them moving! We invite you to please send us either photos of staff (if they’ve given permission) or a brief tidbit (a few sentences… Continue reading AC Tidbit of the Week for December 20, 2020: Holiday Contest!
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