Symptom Experiences of Hospitalized Older Adults on Admission and Functional Outcomes 1 Month Post-Discharge

Anna Zisberg, Ksenya Shulyaev, Anat Liberty, Nurit Gur-Yash, Maayan Agmon, Dorit Pud

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Introduction: Delirium occurs in up to 50% of hospitalized patients and the risk is higher in persons with dementia. Multi-sensory stimulation environments (MSSE), including trademarked “Snoezelen” rooms, have been effective in achieving positive outcomes in persons with dementia, but there have been no studies in the acute-care setting. Purpose: This pilot study tested the effect of a therapeutic Multi-sensory Stimulation Environment known as “the Hub” in an acute-care hospital. Methods: A sample of 56 patients were randomized to receive usual care or the Therapeutic Hub intervention during hospital days 2-4. Hub activities were multi-sensory and tailored based on preferences and abilities. We will describe techniques to address methodological challenges in the study with acutely ill, cognitively vulnerable participants. We will also present qualitative data describing the experience of participants receiving the Hub intervention, and will present preliminary findings regarding between group-differences in function (Functional Independence Measure), mobility, falls, wellbeing (Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale)– and person-environment relationship conceptualized as situational at-homeness (S-EOH). Conclusion: The results of this study will inform future trials on the effects of unique therapeutic environments for hospitalized persons at highest risk for delirium.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S446-S447
Number of pages2
JournalInnovation in Aging
Issue numberSupplement1
StatePublished - 2019
Event21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress - Moscone West San Francisco, San Francisco, United States
Duration: 23 Jul 201727 Jul 2017


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