Instituting cognitive rehabilitation in post-acute care

Ann M. Kolanowski, Linda Buettner, Donna M. Fick, Suzanne Fitzsimmons, Mario Cornacchione

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Hospital length of stay is dramatically shorter today than in the past. As a result, many older adults require post-acute care in order to regain lost functioning brought on by acute illnesses. Over two-thirds of older adults admitted to post-acute care facilities have at least one delirium symptom. This article describes the problem of delirium in post-acute care and a program of cognitive rehabilitation developed by the authors that has been successfully implemented in a skilled nursing setting. The program requires interdisciplinary collaboration among the medical director, nursing staff, and recreational therapist to be successful. The program has the potential to improve quality of life and reduce costs of care for older adults who are at risk of poor health outcomes following hospitalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-46
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Long-Term Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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