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Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone: Discharge Planning and Teaching

Video Author: Shawn Kennedy
Published on: 03.24.2017

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups conducted as part of the AARP Public Policy Institute’s No Longer Home Alone video project supported evidence  that family caregivers aren’t being given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of their family members. This series of videos aims to help nurses provide caregivers with the tools needed to manage a family member’s medications.

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Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 02:05
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Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 1:29
In this video, Maria Carmen Rodríguez-García, MSc, lead author of “How Magnet Hospital Status Affects Nurses, Patients, and Organizations: A Systematic Review,” introduces her and her colleagues’ article, which explores whether different outcomes exist between Magnet and non-Magnet facilities.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 2:02
In this video, Shaunna Caouette, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC, lead author of “The Relationship Between Food Insecurity and Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence in Older Adults: A Systematic Review,” introduces her and her colleagues’ article, which explores the connection between two significant public health issues—food insecurity and cost-related medication nonadherence—in community-dwelling U.S. adults ages 60 years and older.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 1:17
A few words of gratitude for nurses on the front lines of the pandemic.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 3:57
In this video, So-Hyun Park, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, lead author of “Arthritis-Related Functional Limitations and Inadequate Physical Activity Among Female Adult Cancer Survivors,” introduces her study, which used data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to examine the extent to which functional limitations due to arthritis are predictive of low physical activity levels in female cancer survivors.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 2:43

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

This video provides an overview on managing incontinence challenges, starting with the role of family caregivers.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 2:50

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

This video provides tips and suggestions for caregivers on how to best manage incontinence in a home setting.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 3:29

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

In this video, learn the best methods to help someone to the toilet day or night, as well as tips for proper hygiene.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 4:03

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

For many caregivers, managing a family member’s incontinence is a source of stress. This video provides suggestions on seeking emotional support to address it.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 3:21

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

Incontinence is a difficult topic to bring up, and this video addresses challenges caregivers may face when talking about incontinence with a family member or friend.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 3:42

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

This video provides guidance on choosing urinary incontinence products.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:05

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

This video demonstrates how to make an occupied bed, and how to transfer a person safely from a bed to a bedside commode.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:39

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

The thought of managing a gastrostomy tube, or G-tube, at home can be scary. This video streamlines the process and offers tips and techniques to aid both the person and the family caregiver managing this challenging situation.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 2:29

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

Low appetite is a common issue that can arise when caring for someone. It can be challenging for family caregivers, and frustrating for the person who doesn’t feel like eating. This video provides suggestions on some ways to manage this situation.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 7:12

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

Determining the best approach to maximize food intake for those with Alzheimer’s or related dementias can be a challenge. Every person and situation can be different. This video demonstrates helpful techniques to use when the person you are caring for has difficulty feeding themselves.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 2:57

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

When caring for someone who has trouble swallowing or chewing, preparing meals can be difficult. This video provides tips for family caregivers on ideal food choices and cooking methods that can make the situation easier.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:13

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

Choosing a healthy diet is an important part of maintaining the overall well-being of family caregivers and those they care for. This video provides tips and offers meal suggestions that are cost effective and easy to prepare at home.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 2:20

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

It is often necessary to modify meal preparation when caring for someone with conditions such as high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and kidney disease. Reducing sodium from salt is a key element to that preparation. This video offers suggestions on ways to make healthy lower-sodium meals, using spices that also taste great.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 3:45
In this video, Jackline Wangui-Verry, MSN, RN-BC, lead author of “Are Milk and Molasses Enemas Safe for Hospitalized Adults? A Retrospective Electronic Health Record Review,” introduces a study to evaluate the safety of this common, long-held, but rarely studied nursing practice.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 3:28
Catherine Jean Morse, PhD, MSN, RN, lead author of “The Changing Landscape of Simulation-Based Education,” describes Kolb’s experiential learning cycle.



Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 02:05
In this video, Nhat Bui, lead author of “Understanding Nursing Home Staff Attitudes Toward Death and Dying: A Survey,” introduces her and her colleagues’ study, which explored nursing home staff’s perspectives on end-of-life care and identified needs regarding palliative care education and training.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 1:29
In this video, Maria Carmen Rodríguez-García, MSc, lead author of “How Magnet Hospital Status Affects Nurses, Patients, and Organizations: A Systematic Review,” introduces her and her colleagues’ article, which explores whether different outcomes exist between Magnet and non-Magnet facilities.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 2:02
In this video, Shaunna Caouette, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC, lead author of “The Relationship Between Food Insecurity and Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence in Older Adults: A Systematic Review,” introduces her and her colleagues’ article, which explores the connection between two significant public health issues—food insecurity and cost-related medication nonadherence—in community-dwelling U.S. adults ages 60 years and older.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 1:17
A few words of gratitude for nurses on the front lines of the pandemic.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 2:43

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

This video provides an overview on managing incontinence challenges, starting with the role of family caregivers.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 2:50

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

This video provides tips and suggestions for caregivers on how to best manage incontinence in a home setting.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 3:29

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

In this video, learn the best methods to help someone to the toilet day or night, as well as tips for proper hygiene.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 3:42

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

This video provides guidance on choosing urinary incontinence products.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:05

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

This video demonstrates how to make an occupied bed, and how to transfer a person safely from a bed to a bedside commode.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:13

This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups, conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members.

Choosing a healthy diet is an important part of maintaining the overall well-being of family caregivers and those they care for. This video provides tips and offers meal suggestions that are cost effective and easy to prepare at home.

Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 3:45
In this video, Jackline Wangui-Verry, MSN, RN-BC, lead author of “Are Milk and Molasses Enemas Safe for Hospitalized Adults? A Retrospective Electronic Health Record Review,” introduces a study to evaluate the safety of this common, long-held, but rarely studied nursing practice.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 3:28
Catherine Jean Morse, PhD, MSN, RN, lead author of “The Changing Landscape of Simulation-Based Education,” describes Kolb’s experiential learning cycle.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:00
This video demonstrates essential facilitator behaviors in a prebriefing session.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 4:32
In this video, Salena Tully, PhD, MSN, lead author of “Work-Related Stress and Positive Thinking Among Acute Care Nurses: A Cross-Sectional Survey,” introduces the first U.S. study to evaluate acute care nurses’ use of positive thinking in managing work-related stress, which found that positive thinking skills are being used to cope with such stress, and that nurses’ use of these skills can be improved through training.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 2:14
This video shows the first of the four simulation scenarios in Summa Health System’s workplace training program. This “nursing unit” includes one patient room in the foreground, the nurses’ station (a table with chairs) directly across from it, and two more patient rooms on the right. In this scene, staff respond to a visitor’s escalating violent behavior. After the simulation, students complete a self-assessment to establish their performance baseline.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 1:44
Brenna L. Quinn, PhD, RN, NCSN, CNE, lead author of “Pain in Nonverbal Children with Medical Complexity: A Two-Year Retrospective Study,” introduces her and her colleagues’ study, which was conducted to describe the signs and symptoms parents of nonverbal children with medical complexity found worrisome, to describe the sources of pain in these children, and to describe nursing pain assessment practices in this population.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 2:17
Amy Funk, PhD, RN-BC, lead author of “Understanding the Hospital Experience of Older Adults with Hearing Impairment,” introduces her and her colleagues’ study, which was conducted to assess the hospital experience of older adults with hearing impairment, and to use the findings in formulating suggestions for improving nursing care.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 6:46
This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups conducted as part the AARP Public PolicyInstitute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members. This video shows how to cleanse the skin surrounding an ostomy to prevent skin irritation and pain. It also shows how to change the ostomy pouch.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 1:22
Patricia Eckardt, PhD, RN, coauthor of "An Investigation into the Safety of Oral Intake During Labor," introduces her and her colleagues' study, which compared the maternal and neonatal outcomes among laboring women permitted ad lib oral intake with those permitted nothing by mouth except for ice chips. The findings support relaxing the restrictions on oral intake in cases of uncomplicated labor.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 4:49
This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups conducted as part the AARP Public Policy Institute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members. This video shows family caregivers how to treat diabetic foot wounds, identify signs of infection, and reduce the risk of recurrence.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:14
This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups conducted as part the AARP Public Policy Institute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members. This video shows family caregivers how to perform a dressing change, identify signs of infection, and dispose of old dressings.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:20
This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups conducted as part the AARP Public Policy Institute's No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren't given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members. This video explains how to avoid pressure ulcers, as well as how to treat the wound if one does occur.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 3:14
This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups conducted as part the AARP Public Policy Institute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members. This video instructs caregivers on immediate steps to take when someone falls.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 3:47
This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups conducted as part the AARP Public Policy Institute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members. This video provides caregivers with tips for enhancing safety in the home for those with mobility challenges.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 2:18
Vineet Chopra, MD, lead author of “Does Certification in Vascular Access Matter? An Analysis of the PICC1 Survey,” discusses his article, which examines differences in practices and views between certified and noncertified inserters.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 2:02
This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups conducted as part the AARP Public Policy Institute’s No Longer Home Alone video project, supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of family members. This video instructs caregivers on how to help their loved one get from a car to a wheelchair.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 4:01
Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, lead author of “Exploring How Nursing Schools Handle Student Errors and Near Misses,” discusses her research on nursing school policies and practices for reporting and tracking student errors and near misses.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 4:18
This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups conducted as part of the AARP Public Policy Institute’s No Longer Home Alone video project supported evidence  that family caregivers aren’t being given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of their family members. This series of videos aims to help nurses provide caregivers with the tools needed to manage a family member’s medications.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 8:13
This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups conducted as part of the AARP Public Policy Institute’s No Longer Home Alone video project supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t being given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of their family members. This series of videos aims to help nurses provide caregivers with the tools needed to manage a family member’s medications.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 12:04
This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Public Policy Institute. Results of focus groups conducted as part of the AARP Public Policy Institute’s No Longer Home Alone video project supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t being given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of their family members. This series of videos aims to help nurses provide caregivers with the tools needed to manage a family member’s medications.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 5:53
This video is part of a series, Supporting Family Caregivers: No Longer Home Alone, being published in collaboration with the AARP Foundation. Results of focus groups conducted as part of the AARP Foundation’s No Longer Home Alone video project supported evidence that family caregivers aren’t being given the information they need to manage the complex care regimens of their family members. This series of videos aims to help nurses provide caregivers with the tools needed to manage a family member’s medications.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 10:21
This video accompanies “Intergenerational Lessons and ‘Fabulous Stories’,” a special feature by Sandra B. Lewenson, Cathryne A. Welch, and Susan B. Hassmiller, which appears in the October 2015 issue of AJN. The video is an excerpt from interviews with a mother and daughter, who speak of their experiences as nurses.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 18:29
This video accompanies “Intraosseous Vascular Access for Alert Patients,” a CE feature by Stacie Hunsaker and Darren Hillis, which appears in the November 2013 issue of AJN. The video shows a demonstration of the placement of an intraosseous (IO) access needle in the proximal tibia using an IO power driver.
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Duration: 3:30
This video accompanies the “The Timed Up and Go Test,” a clinical feature by Ellen Neubauer Picone, which appears in the March 2013 issue of AJN. The video shows author Neubauer Picone administering the test to patient Shirley Niglio.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 10:16
This video, from the American Heart Association, accompanies the article “Competence in CPR” by Marilyn H. Oermann, Suzan E. Kardong-Edgren, and Tamara Odom-Maryon, which appears in the May 2012 issue of AJN. The video provides a basic life support skills demonstration for health care providers, including how to perform advanced cardiac life support and how to correctly perform chest compressions in CPR.
Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 33:11
This is the second video in a series of articles and accompanying videos, part of the Professional Partners Supporting Diverse Family Caregivers Across Settings project funded by the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation through the AARP Foundation. Nearly one-third of American households have been involved in providing assistance to an older adult family member, often without the skills they need because of a variety of barriers to learning. This video (which has an accompanying article in the November 2011 issue) explores these barriers and discusses how nurses can use “teachable moments” and “teach back” to promote learning among caregivers.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 32:34
This video is part one of a three-part series, Professional Partners Supporting Diverse Family Caregivers Across Settings, and funded by the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation through the AARP Foundation. Because caregiving for seriously and chronically ill people carries well-known physical, emotional, and financial risks, with consequences for the patient as well as the caregiver, it’s important to assess and address a family caregiver’s needs, strengths, and limitations. This video (which has an accompanying article in the October 2011 issue) showcases how a nurse and social worker collaborated to assess the needs of a caregiver as she prepares to assume care of her husband.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 60:00
Do you know that diseases and illnesses present differently in the elderly? Do you know why and do you know how to recognize those differences? This program is part of a series called A New Look at the Old produced in association with the American Journal of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America and Trinity Healthforce Learning. Topics such as changes related to aging, critical indicators of health problems in the elderly, and presentation of illness are all discussed in this presentation. Illnesses commonly affecting the elderly are also examined. Join Elaine J. Amella, PhD, APPN, BC, Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor at Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing for this informative presentation.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 50:31
The Atlantic Philanthropies has awarded two grants to increase the knowledge and skills of those providing care to older adults. Information about the care of those over 65, derived from cutting-edge research and best practices, is now available to nurses and other providers in either print format or streaming video, at any time and at no cost, through this series called A New Look at the Old. The print series began in the August 2004 issue, and continued until December 2006.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 60:01

So much is at stake when nutritional status is impaired and there are so many interventions that can you can make to reduce this problem that affects quality of life and cost and quality of care for older adults.

Do you know the half life of serum albumin and how dated its reflection on nutritional status might be compared to other visceral proteins?

What can you teach families and patients to increase the quality of their nutritional intake in the home setting?

How many times have you included a can of Ensure with a meal, or an hour or so before a meal, and didn’t think about how that would affect one’s appetite for “real” food?

Have you ever thought about how your behavior and the eating environment might be adapted to improve mood, prompt appetite and increase food intake?

Drs. Rose Ann DiMaria and Elaine Amella outline steps you can take to better assess nutritional status and provide cost-effective and practical interventions you can implement in your practice to improve the nutritional status of older adults.

Creator: AJN
Duration: 29:59
Do you know that diseases and illnesses present differently in the elderly? Do you know why and do you know how to recognize those differences? This program is part of a series called A New Look at the Old produced in association with the American Journal of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America and Trinity Healthforce Learning. Topics such as changes related to aging, critical indicators of health problems in the elderly, and presentation of illness are all discussed in this presentation. Illnesses commonly affecting the elderly are also examined. Join Elaine J. Amella, PhD, APPN, BC, Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor at Medical University of South Carolina College of Nursing for this informative presentation
Creator: AJN
Duration: 30:00
The Atlantic Philanthropies has awarded two grants to increase the knowledge and skills of those providing care to older adults. Information about the care of those over 65, derived from cutting-edge research and best practices, is now available to nurses and other providers in either print format or streaming video, at any time and at no cost, through this series called A New Look at the Old. The print series began in the August 2004 issue, and continued until December 2006.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 40:38
Physiologic changes associated with the aging process dramatically affect the appropriateness of certain medications for older adults. This concern is compounded by the potential interactions of multiple medications – both prescribed and over-the counter. In order to better medications for risks with older adults in various settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, and private homes, the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults assessment instrument can be used. The following video demonstrates how to use this assessment tool, and how easily patients can put themselves at risk for medication-related problems when a thorough assessment of their medications is not routinely made. Viewers will also hear critical discussion points regarding appropriate and inappropriate medications for older adults during a care planning meeting involving nurses and a pharmacist.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 39:19
Mistreatment of older adults includes far more than obvious physical cruelty and encompasses neglect, financial mismanagement, abandonment and emotional abuse. These may be far more difficult to detect than physical injury and patients might be reluctant to report mistreatment when doing so may well result in a need to move to an institutional setting. Careful screening can not only identify victims of mistreatment and abusers, but can also identify ways in which family caregivers can be educated and supported in order to allow older adults to remain in a home setting. Screening for such a difficult and sensitive issue is demonstrated in this video using the Elder Mistreatment Assessment and involves a woman who is more fearful of having to move out of her own home than the implications of falling or remaining soiled in overnight when left alone by her daughter. Viewers will be challenged with both the ethical and legal implications that result from this assessment.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 41:36
Using the Short Michigan Alcohol Screening Test-Geriatric Version (S-MAST-G) to evaluate for alcohol use and misuse will help to identify those older adults participating in risky drinking behavior and provide an opportunity to educate patients about the need to modify alcohol intake and improve personal safety as a result. Asking patients about personal drinking behavior is difficult at best. This video demonstrates how to conduct such an interview and how to help patients change behaviors using motivational interviewing techniques and includes an expert interview on the issue of alcohol use and abuse in aging adults.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 32:13
Hospitalization is always a disrupting and anxiety-producing event, but especially so for those with dementia. However, working with families to understand what the norm is for their family member, and incorporating that information into the plan for care and discharge, can prevent a downward spiral that may take weeks or more from which to recover. This program provides viewers with details about the Information for the Hospital Team about a Patient with Memory Problems form used to solicit information essential to keep routines, schedules and communication as normal as possible, and models team planning and family communication.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 32:31
The cumulative toll of caring for a family member can result in stress and burnout for the caregiver. In order to prevent this extreme, and more appropriately target interventions to help caregivers carry out their role, the Modified Caregiver Strain Index (CSI) can be used to identify specific areas where problems may exist. Among those areas are: finances, employment, socialization, health status and demands on personal time. Using this questionnaire with caregivers provides an opportunity for them to better identify their own situation, and for the health professional to guide the development of a plan that can prevent further stress and organize resources to unload the caregiver. The following video demonstrates an interview of a husband who has been caring for his wife with advancing dementia, among other issues, for many years, and who is increasingly saddened by the impact of the illness on her personality. Viewers will observe the development of a care plan for the caregiver developed by a nurse practitioner, students, and staff at the long term care facility where the wife is now a resident.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 64:31
Whether patients are cognitively intact and able to quantify their pain and communicate without difficulty, or in end-stage dementia with severely limited verbal ability, the presence and severity of pain can be determined using a variety of tools found in the Try This series. This video includes demonstrations of how to assess for pain in any older adult, and to reassess to determine the effectiveness of interventions, using four distinct tools: the Faces Pain Scale, the Verbal Descriptor Scale, the Numeric Rating Scale, and the Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia Scale (PAINAD). In this program, interdisciplinary team members also develop a care plan to address chronic pain in a patient with severe arthritis and a history of joint replacement, and family members who have discouraged use of medication for fear addiction might result.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 32:47
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.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 40:33
The Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) Scale video program features a case study of an anxious older adult admitted to the hospital after being found disoriented by neighbors, and very aware that the results of this assessment might mean the end of living in her own apartment. While the challenges of measuring the activities included in the Lawton, such as housekeeping, money-management and transportation, are fairly significant when a patient is hospitalized and not in a home-like environment, those challenges can be eclipsed when patients are reluctant to cooperate. This program provides viewers with expert interviewing and assessment techniques which can be applied in their own practice.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 28:26
This video discusses and demonstrates the Katz ADL assessment with an older adult following a prosthetic hip replacement and helps the staff determine specific needs as he is discharged to his home, an apartment which is on a the third floor of a building without elevators. Involved in the discharge planning process are the Occupational and Physical therapists who have also worked with him during his hospital stay.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 40:53
This video discusses and demonstrates best practices in assessing and improving communication and understanding when caring for older adults with dementia, or other medical problems affecting expressive and receptive abilities, and outlines a range of options nurses and others can use to improve understanding and promote patient safety.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 34:24
The Mini-Nutritional Assessment (MNA) is a two-part assessment tool that has been developed just for older adults, and is quick and easy for nurses to use. This video demonstrates the assessment process, as well as how to measure calf and upper arm circumference, to determine key information used in the final determination of nutrition status. In addition, viewers will hear a discussion among interdisciplinary team members that identify a broad range of options to address all the risk factors identified for this particular patient, including simple, cost-effective strategies of improving the nutrient content of inexpensive foods.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 51:19
This video guides viewers through the utilization of two tools found in the Try This series: the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) and Assessing and Managing Delirium in Older Adults with Dementia. In this five chapter program, two patients are presented and assessed for delirium using the CAM: one with delirium and one with a delirium superimposed on an underlying dementia. Once identified, further assessment and treatment of the underlying etiology and safe management of care is shown using the Delirium Superimposed on Dementia Algorithm.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 30:00
In the video, behaviors and family concerns are elicited by a staff nurse during a routine hospital admission assessment of a patient with memory problems admitted for knee replacement, and the results shared with an interdisciplinary team who use the information to plan post-operative care. In addition to identifying steps to more suitably address pain management, minimize potential delirium, and prevent dehydration and functional decline; the staff discusses how to inform the family members about the plan of care, the rationale, and what to expect during the course of hospitalization and discharge.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 34:22
Using the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model, nurses and others care providers can determine risk and implement strategies to prevent falls. This video demonstrates a fall risk assessment and interpretation, as well as outlines research that has allowed Hendrich to hone in on the numerous probable causes evaluated after falling takes place, and to limit the predictive assessment to eight specific factors.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 37:32
The Braden Scale is a simple and easy-to-use tool which allows nurses to quickly assess for the risk of ulcer development, as well as modify care and interventions to target those specific factors which put patients in danger Coupled with routine skin assessment, use of the Braden Scale is a best practice which all nurses can implement as part of routine care. Where pressure ulcers already exist, using the Braden Scale to identify and address precise areas where problems have been identified is also a best practice to promote healing. This video demonstrates the use of the Braden Scale, as well as how to perform skin assessment, and outlines the factors contributing to ulcer development. Viewers will learn about prevention strategies, as well as considerations for patients at discharge.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 27:42
Depression among older adults is a common, but not a normal or acceptable phenomenon. Untreated depression reduces quality of life and can lead to serious complications when not addressed. To better screen for this problem, this program features the GDS short form--a quick and easy to administer tool that can identify those who are most likely depressed so they can be referred for further evaluation. This video discusses the prevalence of depression; demonstrates the screening process; describes some of the challenges in its administration; and explains how the results can be interpreted and used to adapt the plan of care. Included in this program is an excellent discussion among nursing staff, students and experts about how to assist the depressed patient in structuring daily activities and routines to account for changes in energy and interest in the short term, and plan for a return to normal over the longer term.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 20:48
Fulmer SPICES, developed by Terry Fulmer, PhD, APRN, FAAN at New York University College of Nursing, is an efficient and effective tool for obtaining the information necessary to prevent health alterations in the older adult patient. This program demonstrates the SPICES assessment process, and describes how this framework translates across settings and can even be used after discharge to home. In addition, Dr. Fulmer provides some historical insight as to how our approach to care of older adults is moving from treating symptoms to preventing problems.