Tips from TSE: Meet the needs of the aging population

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, March 6, 2009

At Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, IL, staff members recently implemented a number of initiatives to better meet the needs of the aging population.

For example, the hospital recently implemented a new program involving patient care techs, who are now also known as the mobility team. The patient care techs visit patient units every day and assist elderly patients with walking. The patients they work with do not meet criteria for physical therapy, but they still need movement assistance so they don’t debilitate to the point where they need therapy, says Kelly Holt, RN, MSN, administrative director for patient care services.

“Our geriatric population is growing with babyboomers, so we need to change how we treat and support them,” says Holt. “We need to adjust our thinking with treatment plans because the babyboomers are not the 70-year-olds of the past.”

Read the full article “Caring for the aging population: Plan for the future

Editor’s note: This excerpt was adapted from the March issue of The Staff Educator. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to The Staff Educator!

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