AIM: Hospital-acquired disability causes decreased quality of life for patients with dementia and family caregivers, and increased societal costs.
MATERIALS & METHODS: A comparative, repeated measures study tested the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of the family-centered, function-focused care intervention (Fam-FFC) in dyads of hospitalized, medical patients with dementia and family caregivers (FCGs).
RESULTS: The intervention group demonstrated better activities of daily living and walking performance, and less severity/duration of delirium and hospital readmissions, but no significant differences in gait/balance. FCGs showed increased preparedness for caregiving and less anxiety but no significant differences in depression, strain and mutuality.
CONCLUSION: Fam-FFC presents a possible pathway to meeting the Triple Aim of improved patient care, improved patient health and reduced costs for persons with dementia.
- acute care
- family caregivers
- family engagement
- physical and cognitive function
- postacute recovery
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