The decline in Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) is a common issue in long-term care. While not always preventable, facilities can focus on improving underlying impairments in physical abilities, including balance, muscle strength, and the ability to transfer from one position to another.
Make an impact on ADL decline by:
- Considering physical therapy as appropriate.
- Incorporating balance training.
- Increasing intensity and frequency of observation.
- Making environmental adaptations.
- Identifying and reducing medications with potential side effects.
For more suggestions, check out these resources:
- Vanderbilt University's Mobility Decline Prevention Training Module
- The American Geriatrics Society guidelines for fall reduction programs
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