Functional decline during hospitalization is an important clinical problem with potential long-lasting adverse outcomes in older adults.
Approximately 50% of hospitalized older adults experience functional decline.
The implementation of a comprehensive functional model of care for hospitalized older adults has had a positive impact on length of stay (LOS), 30-day readmission rate, and fall rate.
Estimated savings associated with the 3-month post-intervention LOS was $200,000.
To read the full report, see Lyons, D.L. (2014). Implementing a comprehensive functional model of care in hospitalized older adults. MEDSURG Nursing, 23(6), 379-385.