Congratulations to Katie Miller, BSN, RN and her team at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Pennsylvania! They are the winners of the 2021 Function Focused Care Holiday Contest! Katie is pictured below helping a patient ambulate down the hall to help him maintain strength and mobility during his hospital stay. As a thank you for… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for January 16, 2022: We Have a Winner!
We don’t like the idea of a “New Year’s resolution” where one misstep results in giving up until next year. Instead, looking at the new year as an opportunity to change old habits and creative positive new ones—especially with a team–can be a more effective way to approach change. This year, what are 2 things… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for January 9, 2022: New Year, New Habits
Merry Christmas! We hope you are having a wonderful holiday and that even the hospital is feeling the hope and spirit of the season! Get your patients into the holiday spirit this week by playing festive songs and helping them get up and dance. The YouTube video below of a 90-year-old grandma dancing to Mariah… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for December 25, 2021: Holiday Moves
Hello everyone, Not all dementia is Alzheimer’s Disease. Knowing about the different types of dementia can help you better understand and care for your patients who are living with it. The National Institute on Aging recently developed an infographic (click on the link below) that describes four of the most common types of dementia, including… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for December 19, 2021: Infographic on Different Types of Dementia
As we share strategies to help you and your team keep your older patients with cognitive impairment mobile and active during their hospital stay, we know that sometimes opportunities to provide function focused care are missed, and missteps occur. But this is a chance to “huddle up” with your team and talk about what could… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for December 12, 2021: Huddle Up!
Your patients surely would rather be somewhere else during the holiday season than in the hospital, but you and your team can do your best to keep their holiday spirits up, and help them maintain their strength and mobility during their stay so they can dance in the new year! ANNOUNCING: HOLIDAY FFC CONTEST!!! We… Continue reading AC FFC Tidbit of the Week for December 5, 2021: Holiday FFC Contest!
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!
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