UAB hospital is working to keep elderly patients moving in order to improve outcomes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Thelma Atkins ended up at UAB Hospital-Highlands after a neighbor in her senior living center ran over her feet with a motorized scooter.


Terri Middlebrooks, a nurse at the hospital, tried to figure out how active the 92-year-old Atkins was before the incident. “Are you up and moving at home?” she asked.

“I can manage, but I have to have help sometimes,” Atkins replied.

Atkins said she uses a walker to visit friends and to get to the communal dining room. But she's also fallen a few times in recent years.



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