Testing family-centered, function-focused care in hospitalized persons with dementia

Marie Boltz, Tracy Chippendale, Barbara Resnick, James E. Galvin

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-215
Number of pages13
JournalNeurodegenerative disease management
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Keywords

  • acute care
  • dementia
  • family caregivers
  • family engagement
  • physical and cognitive function
  • postacute recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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