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Using Continuing Care Retirement Communities to Enhance a Better Understanding of Older Adults

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Utilize the resources on ConsultGeriRN for the how to try this series tools. The students can watch a video, print out the tool or read an article directly related to the tool utilized.  There are 30 tools that may be appropriate to use for the wide range of clients and families that the students will meet. They can choose what tools would be most appropriate for the clients they interview. A full list of the tools follows: 

  • Fulmer SPICES
  • The Geriatric Depression Scale
  • The Braden Scale
  • Predicting Pressure Ulcer Risk
  • The Hendrich II Fall Risk Model
  • Mini Cog
  • Predicting Patient Falls
  • Recognition of Dementia in Hospitalized Older Adults
  • Detecting Delirium
  • Preventing Aspiration Older Adults with Dysphagia
  • Assessing Nutrition in Older Adults
  • Avoiding Restraints in Patients with Dementia
  • Communication Difficulties
  • Communication Difficulties in Hospitalized Older Adults with Dementia
  • Katz Index of Independence
  • Monitoring Functional Status of Hospitalized Older Adults
  • The Lawton Daily Living Scale
  • The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index
  • Pain Assessment in People with Dementia
  • Evaluating Sleep Quality in Older Adults
  • Pain Assessment in Older Adults
  • Assessment of Sexual Health in Older Adults
  • Using Pain-Rating Scales with Older Adults
  • Eating and Feeding Issues in Older Adults with Dementia
  • The Hospital Admission Risk Profile (HARP)
  • The Hospital Admission Risk Profile
  • The Family Preferences Index
  • The Modified Caregiver Strain Index
  • Horowitz Impact of Event Scale
  • The Short Michigan Alcohol Screening Instrument – Geriatric Version (SMAST-G)
  • Brief Evaluation of Executive Dysfunction
  • Elder Mistreatment Assessment
  • Assessment of Transient Urinary Incontinence in Older Adults


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