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Table 1 Goals and interventions of the interdisciplinary collaboration between nurses, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists

From: An interdisciplinary statement of scientific societies for the advancement of delirium care across Europe (EDA, EANS, EUGMS, COTEC, IPTOP/WCPT)

Goals Interventions
Improvement of the autonomy and involvement in everyday activities 1) Creation of a meaningful routine that alternate activities and rest periods, promoting a 24 h rehab vision and fighting occupational deprivation;
2) Promptly set up mobility as changing of posture (supine/seated), changing of sleeping posture and suspend bed-blocking as soon as possible;
3) Promotion of mobility allowing the patient to interact functionally with the environment: B/ADL activities in bathroom, meals seated at the table, play games (e.g., Sudoku or cards).
Environment adaptation Conform the environment to the need of the person suffering of delirium: reduction of disperceptive sensory stimuli, softening of the noises, appropriate lighting, reduction of sensory deprivation.
Evaluation of assistive devices Selection of the best devices in order to safeguard an appropriate posture in bed, on the chair and/or in wheelchair.
Family education 1) Preparing family caregivers to recognize delirium symptoms
2) Favor a proactive presence of the family (human environment) teaching them how to approach and how to communicate with the patient in order to decrease agitation in older hospitalized delirious patients