Hospital length of stay is dramatically shorter today than in the past. As a result, many older adults require post-acute care in order to regain lost functioning brought on by acute illnesses. Over two-thirds of older adults admitted to post-acute care facilities have at least one delirium symptom. This article describes the problem of delirium in post-acute care and a program of cognitive rehabilitation developed by the authors that has been successfully implemented in a skilled nursing setting. The program requires interdisciplinary collaboration among the medical director, nursing staff, and recreational therapist to be successful. The program has the potential to improve quality of life and reduce costs of care for older adults who are at risk of poor health outcomes following hospitalization.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Annals of Long-Term Care|
|State||Published - Feb 1 2008|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Geriatrics and Gerontology