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National Institute of Aging awards nurse grant to examine dementia care

Saturday October 26, 2013
Elizabeth Galik, RN
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Elizabeth Galik, RN, PhD, CRNP, an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, has been awarded a five-year grant for $1,025,000 from the National Institute of Aging to examine the challenges of providing care for those with moderate to severe dementia through the Function and Behavior Focused Care for the Cognitively Impaired approach.

The FBFC-CI approach to care is geared toward changing how staff provides care to residents by teaching them how to evaluate and optimize the residents’ underlying physical capabilities and safely and effectively engage them in personal care and physical activity.

Galik and her team will implement this trial with 480 residents in 12 nursing homes across the Maryland and Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to demonstrate the effectiveness of the FBFC-CI across a number of long-term care facilities,” Galik said in a news release. “I am confident that this innovative approach will change how care is provided to nursing home residents with cognitive impairment. The positive impact of a function-focused care approach on function and physical activity for older adults in nursing homes has been repeatedly demonstrated. We now will be able to clearly show how allowing older adults to engage in their optimal level of function and physical activity can help decrease the behavioral challenges noted in these settings and improve the residents’ quality of life and the quality of care they receive.”


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