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AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 108(5):42-50, May 2008
Sufficient duration and quality of sleep are vital ingredients to good health in all human beings. Many of the complexities associated with aging can make it difficult to meet sleep requirements. The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) is an evidence-based tool that can be used to screen older adults for information about duration and quality of sleep, use of sleep medications, and other important sleep-related information. Using the results of the PSQI helps target problem areas to help nurses and other team members develop strategies to improve sleep. Included in this video is discussion of simple steps that all healthcare facilities can implement to improve environmental conditions that can contribute to better sleep during hospitalization.
Would you believe that it is possible to maintain urinary continence among residents with end-stage dementia? The author of the article on which this program is based can attest to it.
Most practitioners have mistaken ideas about the inevitability of urinary incontinence as we age. That notion extends to the general public and is reinforced by advertisements for incontinence pads. However, research shows that urinary incontinence is treatable, often without pharmacologic intervention, especially if assessments are routinely made by registered nurses and behavioral interventions implemented.
This program outlines the myths and the science related to urinary incontinence, and steps you can take to assess, improve and maintain continence among your client population. The 60 minute program features interviews with Dr. Specht, nurses working in long-term care settings, a physical therapist, and a resident with urinary incontinence.
"Getting to Know You" takes on a whole new significance when working with cognitively impaired older adults with challenging behaviors. Focusing on the person, and attempting to assess the environment through their perspective, will help providers to better understand the impetus for behaviors and to avoid future recurrences – a factor which can make the difference between living with family or in assisted-living, and living in a long-term care environment.
This Webcast provides viewers with a broad range of tools and strategies to improve assessment and understanding of cognitively impaired older adults, and also outlines a range of interventions to change provider behaviors and modify the environment in order to provide a safe and comforting environment for those who are cognitively impaired.
Staffing is, quite possibly, one of the most talked-about topics in health care. This program will provide you with important advice--whether your concerns revolve around the liabilities of insufficient staffing; steps to reduce these liabilities and improve your staffing sufficiency; or what the research says about the relationship between nurse staffing and the quality and cost of care.
Staffing Matters: Liability, Research, and Patient Outcomes provides further evidence of the critical link between nurse staffing and safety and quality of care and guides viewers in short and long-term strategies to protect patients and caregivers.
For you, the thought of a warm bath or shower is probably a treat anticipated to provide comfort and relaxation. How unfortunate that for those with dementia, the bathing experience may be a painful, frightening, and humiliating procedure.
With planning and a process customized to address each person’s unique needs, or a person-centered approach, older adults with dementia can be spared a negative experience. This 30-minute program is based on the April 2006 New Look at the Old AJN article by Joanne Rader MN, RN, et al, titled: The Bathing Of Older Adults with Dementia. The video outlines cutting-edge research and presents best practices in bathing from researchers and practitioners, as well as guidance from the perspective of a state regulatory agency on what actually constitutes compliance with relevant standards of care.
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