About the Course
Target Audience: Functional decline is a common complication in hospitalized older adults, even in those with good baseline function. As a nurse caring for these patients it is important to understand how the loss of physical function is associated with poor long-term outcomes.
Course Overview: This course offers nurses information to help them address the trajectory of change in physical function during the acute care stay, the factors associated with functional decline, and function-promoting interventions that can potentially modify these factors. Finally, a clinical practice protocol to guide a unit-level approach to function-focused care is provided.
- Discuss the functional trajectory of the hospitalized older adult.
- Identify risk factors for functional decline in the older adult.
- Describe the influence of the care environment on the physical function of the older adult.
- Discuss interventions to optimize physical function of hospitalized older adults.
About the Author
Marie Boltz, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN is an Associate Professor at the William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP is the Professor and Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland.
Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP is the Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland.
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