Resources from the Field

Following are additional resources from other organizations and associations in the long-term care or nursing field. AANAC experts carefully review and highlight tools we believe to be of greatest relevance and value to our members. Check back often as we add new resources.

Try This: ® Best Practices in Nursing Care to Older Adults Series

Developed by the Hartford Institute, this series of tools provides knowledge of best practices in care of older adults and encourages the use of these best practices by all direct care nurses. Each Try This issue is a two-page document with a description of why the topic is important when caring for older patients on the first page and an assessment tool that can be administered in 20 minutes or less on the second page. Here nine issues from the series that are of particular value to clinicians involved in the RAI process.

Assessment of Nociceptive versus Neuropathic Pain in Older Adults 
Mental Status Assessment of Older Adults: The Mini-Cog
Vascular Risk Assessment of the Older Cardiovascular Patient: The Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)
The Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS) 
Assessing and Managing Delirium in Older Adults with Dementia
The Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) 
The 2015 American Geriatrics Society Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults 
The Impact of Event Scale - Revised (IES-R) 
Assessing Etiology of Orthostatic Hypotension in Older Adults