Author(s): McGilton KS, Mahomed N, Davis AM, Flannery J, Calabrese S
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Abstract The purpose of the study was to evaluate patient and system outcomes regarding older community-residing adults who participated in a rehabilitation program following HF surgery. The health care professionals on the rehabilitation unit in this feasibility study had never cared for such patients who were so frail, with multiple co-morbidities including cognitive impairment (CI). After an innovative model of care was developed and the staff trained in the novel approach to care, the unit opened for all patients living within the community who had fractured their hip, regardless of their CI. Of the 31 elderly patients consecutively admitted post-HF in this retrospective study, 18 were found to have CI postoperatively as determined by a Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) score < or = 23. There were no differences in length of stay (LOS), rehabilitation efficiency, and motor FIM gain scores between the two groups of patients. This feasibility retrospective study suggests that staff can learn how to care for patients with CI in rehabilitation settings, and that such clients can achieve outcomes comparable to those without CI in a setting dedicated to caring for patients with a HF.
This article was published in Arch Gerontol Geriatr
and referenced in International Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation