Factors Associated With Function-Focused Care Among Hospitalized Older Adults With Dementia

Author(s): By Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, Marie Boltz, PhD, CRNP, Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, Ashley Kuzmik, PhD, Brittany F. Drazich, PhD, MSN, RN, Rachel McPherson, PhD, and Chris L. Wells, PhD, PT

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Jul 01, 2026

Topics: Delirium

Population: Geriatric

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Physical activity, defined as any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure, includes even low levels of activity such as bathing, dressing, and walking. Physical activity during hospital admissions can help to prevent or manage pain, delirium, deep vein thrombosis, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, and functional decline; reduce the risk of falling and improve mood and quality of life. The benefits of physical activity during hospitalization are particularly relevant for older adults with dementia, as these individuals are at the greatest risk for functional decline, delirium, behavioral symptoms associated with dementia, prolonged hospital stay, adverse events such as falls during hospitalization, and increased readmissions and institutionalization after discharge.


  • Describe function-focused care.
  • State the 4 components to implement a function-focused care approach.
  • Specify 2 factors that are associated with older hospitalized patients living with dementia participating in function-focused care.

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