Let’s keep them moving, promoting mobility (1 CEU)

· October 15, 2014

An estimated half of hospitalized adults are 65 years of age or older and the proportion of hospitalized adults who are elderly is only expected to increase as the population ages.  Hospitalization is one of the greatest risk factor for immobility and functional decline. Immobility refers to any disease or disability that requires complete bed rest or extremely limits an individual’s ability to move.  Impaired physical mobility refers to a physical limitation that severely restricts independent purposeful movement of the body, including limitation of independent movement from one position to another, independent transfer and ambulation activities. Mobility is related to body changes from aging. Loss of muscle mass, reduction in muscle strength and function, joints becoming stiffer and less mobile, and gait changes affecting balance can significantly compromise the mobility of elder patients. Advanced age, acute and chronic disease and illness, functional limitations and deconditioning all contribute to the older adult’s vulnerability to functional decline during hospitalization

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module;

  • The Nurse Assistant will demonstrate an understanding of risk factors related to functional decline and impaired physical mobility.
  • The Nurse Assistant will be able to list the signs and symptoms of impaired mobility
  • The Nurse Assistant will demonstrate an understanding of at least two psychological changes that occur during prolonged bed rest.
  • The Nurse Assistant will demonstrate an understanding of strategic interventions to promote mobility and reduce functional decline in hospitalized patients
  • The Nurse Assistant will be able to list three nursing interventions that minimize complications of bed rest.
  • The Nurse Assistant will be able to describe interventions to promote mobility among hospitalized elders.


Instructions for taking the course

To complete the course successfully, you must go through all the lessons below. You MUST mark each lesson as complete by clicking the MARK COMPLETE BUTTON. If you do not click the mark complete button, you will not be allowed to proceed to the next lesson. Please notice that all lessons have a minimum set amount of time that you are expected to spend on each lesson. You will not be allowed to Mark the Lesson Complete until the timer resets to zero; that is, until the minimum time set for the course has passed. For example if lesson A has an allocated minimum time of 10 minutes, you will have to wait 10 minutes before you can mark Lesson A complete. The Mark Complete button for lesson A will be grayed out and will not become active until 10 minutes are over.

WARNINGIf you forget to click the Mark Complete button done, you will be prompted to go back to that lesson again and have to wait till the allocated timed minutes resets to zero again before the Mark Complete button becomes active. After all lessons are completed and they are Marked Completed, you will then be allowed to take the post test. If you successfully pass the quiz, you will earn CEU’s for this course and you can proceed to print out your certificate.


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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • 1 Topic
  • 1 Quiz
  • Course Certificate