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
Ever get stressed out at work? Are you chuckling at the fact that we even asked you this ridiculous question? (If you are…you’re welcome! Laughing helps reduce feelings of stress!) Here’s something to try when you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed: Think of someone in your life who is calm. We all know that one… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for June 20, 2021: Mimic the Calm
Hello everyone, Check out the bulletin board (see below) that’s now adorning a unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center! Some of our champions helped create the board to remind staff about the early mobility scale and why function focused care (FFC) is so important, along with pictures of staff engaging in FFC interventions.… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for June 13, 2021: Is Your Staff “On Board” with Function Focused Care?
When you care for older patients on your hospital unit, you are often seeing them at their worst—sick, sometimes frail, and perhaps afraid. It can help to remember that these people were once vibrant and active, and very often still have that spirit inside them. They just need some encouragement! Ask them about their favorite… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for June 6, 2021: Never Too Old to Boogie!
As we celebrate Memorial Day weekend and honor the sacrifices of the men and women who fought and died while serving our country, we also think about those who have survived combat and are living with the consequences that affect their mental health. You are likely familiar with the term “post-traumatic stress disorder” (PTSD), which… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 30, 2021: Trauma Informed Care
When it comes to real estate, the key is location, location, location. But when it comes to caring for older adults with dementia in an acute care setting, communication is the key. On a busy hospital unit, time is limited, so we must make the most of the minutes we spend with our patients and… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 23, 2021: Timely Tips for Improving Communication
In this age of the internet where health information is everywhere, it can be overwhelming and difficult to determine which information is credible among a sea of misinformation. This spring, the National Institute on Aging launched a new website, http://www.alzheimers.gov, to educate and support people whose lives are touched by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 16, 2021: Learn and Teach about Dementia
AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 9, 2021: All Hands On Deck to Help Patients Maintain Function & Mobility
If you’ve ever been sick in bed for several days with a bad cold, flu, or COVID-19, you know that it doesn’t take long before you start to feel weak, sore, and even restless. Now imagine how older adults with dementia may feel during a hospital stay, and what effects those days lying in bed… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for May 9, 2021: All Hands On Deck to Help Patients Maintain Function & Mobility
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