Monday, August 5, 2013

Improving Function Among Older Adults

A recent article on the Advance for Nurses website shares the way that care is delivered to older adults in the Senior Adult Unit at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Massachusetts.  This geriatric nursing unit is finding success by focusing on getting patients out of their beds and keeping them active.  Patients are encouraged to eat meals in a dining room and not in their beds.  Classes are offered to keep them engaged and healthy.

INQRI grantees Barbara Resnick and Sheryl Zimmerman also found success with an intervention designed to deliver Function Focused Care to residents in assisted living facilities. Their intervention was designed to maintain and improve function, physical activity, muscle strength, psychosocial outcomes (efficacy expectations and life satisfaction) and decrease adverse events (pain, falls and hospitalizations) among assisted living residents. Residents in intervention treatment sites demonstrated fewer declines in function and spent more time in moderate level physical activity at 4 months and more overall counts of activity at 12 months when compared to residents in control sites. There were also fewer transfers to the hospital among those in the treatment sites.

To learn more about the Resnick-Zimmerman study, please click here.

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