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Module 4: Maintaining Function

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Maintaining function is one of the key factors in fall prevention.  Falls increase in the elderly because coordination, balance and gait decline.  When strength, power, and endurance are decreased, a slip or trip can turn into a fall. Any lower limb disability can increase the risk of falling, and difficulty rising from a seated position in a chair is associated with an increased risk as well It is also important to note that sedentary individuals fall more frequently than active individuals. (National Library of Medicine, 2023).

During survey, maintaining function is also reviewed. 

  • F676, Activities of Daily Living, states that a resident is given the appropriate treatment and services to maintain or improve the ability to carry out activities of daily living. 
  • F675, Quality of Life, states each resident must receive and the facility must provide the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being. 

This module will discuss ways to maintain function in our residents through strategies including:

  • Restorative Nursing
  • Therapy
  • Activities
  • Modalities

 Using these interventions, the goal is that the residents continue to function at their highest level.

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