A Guide for Enhancing Patient and Caregiver Communication We designed a tool to promote communication between an aphasic patient and her caregivers in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. We developed this tool, inspired by the mandatory swallowing guides hospitals post within 24 hours of a patient's admittance, using the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) score sheet relative to receptive and ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2012
A Guide for Enhancing Patient and Caregiver Communication
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Sally Vermilya
    Lenawee Intermediate School District, Adrian, MI
    Rehab Care, Jackson, MI
  • Lizbeth Curme Stevens
    Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI
  • Note: *The first author created the tool described in this article during her health care internship while taking an AAC course from the second author.
    Note: *The first author created the tool described in this article during her health care internship while taking an AAC course from the second author.×
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Healthcare Settings / Professional Issues & Training / Language Disorders / Aphasia / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2012
A Guide for Enhancing Patient and Caregiver Communication
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2012, Vol. 21, 32-36. doi:10.1044/aac21.2.32
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, June 2012, Vol. 21, 32-36. doi:10.1044/aac21.2.32
Abstract

We designed a tool to promote communication between an aphasic patient and her caregivers in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. We developed this tool, inspired by the mandatory swallowing guides hospitals post within 24 hours of a patient's admittance, using the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) score sheet relative to receptive and expressive communication abilities. We developed a guide in response to weekly patient staffings that resulted in information not being shared about individuals admitted after the staffing day. The visual display, which we placed adjacent to the patient's bed, fostered improved communication between the patient, caregivers, and family. This tool may be important for professionals in meeting requirements of the new standards for hospitals and skilled nursing facilities by The Joint Commission (The Joint Commission, 2010). We discuss the implications for its use relative to patients in various settings.

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