Thursday, May 2, 2019
13:00 – 16:00
Registration Fee: $50


Mollie Cole (RN, MN), Verdeen Bueckert (RN, MSc) & Tara Sawchuk (RN, BN)


Acute care admissions are risky for older patients:  restraint use, falls and delirium result in functional decline, extended hospital stays and increased need for help upon transfer back to the community.  Over the past two years, teams in Alberta acute care sites have been working to improve care for older patients.

Elder Friendly Care (EFC) aims to identify frail older patients on admission who are at greatest risk of negative outcomes from the hospital setting, and to implement evidence-based gerontological nursing care.  EFC focuses on:  protecting sleep, supporting nutrition, maintaining continence; encouraging mobility, preventing delirium and falls, avoiding the use of any type of restraint, supporting appropriate medication use and preparing for safe and effective transitions.


  • To introduce gerontological nurses to evidence-based Elder Friendly Care (EFC) practices applicable to acute care settings (including Emergency Departments, inpatient units, and critical care areas);
  • To share change-management approaches to support the adoption of EFC;
  • To demonstrate the impact of EFC on patients, family and staff and the healthcare system.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, gerontological nurses will have a better understanding of the following:

  1. What is Elder Friendly Care?
  2. How can Elder Friendly Care be implemented in acute care?
  3. What is the benefit of implementing EFC?


Interactive presentation: knowledge dissemination (lecture) followed by case studies and a guided interactive discussion.