Weekly Tidbits

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for April 18, 2021: Use your Sleuthing Skills for the Second Step of the DICE Model

In last week’s tidbit, we discussed the DICE process for assessing and managing behavioral issues in patients with dementia. We focused on the “D”—describing a resident’s behavior with specific details that provide important clues about the cause of the behavior. This week we focus on the “I”—Investigate. Once we have a detailed description of the behavior,… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for April 18, 2021: Use your Sleuthing Skills for the Second Step of the DICE Model

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week: DICE–An Approach to Behavior Assessment & Management in Patients with Dementia

As you care for patients with dementia, learning what can trigger challenging behaviors such as aggression, agitation, and yelling out can go a long way towards helping to prevent them. This week we are introducing “DICE,” a tool you can use to assess and manage behavior change in people with dementia. DICE stands for: Describe the behavior Investigate the influence… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week: DICE–An Approach to Behavior Assessment & Management in Patients with Dementia

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for April 4, 2021: The Language of Caring

As we celebrate the holy days of Easter and Passover, and Ramadan later this month, we are reminded of the diversity of faiths, cultures, and traditions that shape the life experiences of our patients. The more we know about these different cultures and traditions, the better we can understand and respond to our patients’ needs,… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for April 4, 2021: The Language of Caring

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for March 28, 2021: Antipsychotics and People with Dementia–When the Risks Outweigh the Benefits

People with dementia can sometimes become agitated, especially when they are in unfamiliar surroundings, with unfamiliar people, and feeling powerless…like when they’re in the hospital. Sometimes, the first course of action to manage someone who is highly agitated in an acute care setting is to give them an antipsychotic medication. But giving antipsychotics to older… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for March 28, 2021: Antipsychotics and People with Dementia–When the Risks Outweigh the Benefits

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for March 14, 2021: One, two, three, four…Step those Patients out the Door!

Are you helping your patients take steps in the right direction? A study published last month in JAMDA, the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, offers more evidence of something we already suspected: hospital patients can be walking more than they currently do, and more walking while in the hospital may result in better… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for March 14, 2021: One, two, three, four…Step those Patients out the Door!

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for March 3, 2021: Key Strategies for Communicating with a Person with Dementia

It’s not rocket science. Anyone who’s been in a relationship, worked on a team, or played a game of telephone knows that communication is key. With great communication, people feel heard, things get accomplished. Without it, feelings are hurt, tasks fall through the cracks, and in some cases, chaos can ensue. Communication is sometimes easier… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for March 3, 2021: Key Strategies for Communicating with a Person with Dementia

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for February 28, 2021: 10 Tips to Reduce Resistance to Care

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

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for February 21, 2021: 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,… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for February 21, 2021: Don’t D/C Without FFC!

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for February 14, 2021: Walk the Walk

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

AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for February 7, 2021: Make Mobility a Priority

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

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