Heldmann2 GrDr. Patrick Heldmann - Physiotherapeut M.Sc.
Network Aging Research
Bergheimer Straße 20
D-69115 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 6221 54 8109
Fellows: Prof. Dr. Jürgen M. Bauer, Apl. Prof. Dr. Klaus Hauer


Dementia-Specific early Rehabilitation in the Acute-Care Hospitals: Development of Therapy Options with a focus on Functional Interventions

The vulnerable phase, between the acute care after admission to the hospital and a possible transfer to a geriatric rehabilitation or discharge from the acute care hospital, is characterized by special risks (high postoperative complication rate, delirious development, drastic function and muscle loss, communication problems, restricted capacity / pain, etc.), which are particularly pronounced in the collective of dementia patients. Thus, elderly people with concomitant dementia during a hospital stay are particularly vulnerable to a severe deterioration in their functional status.

The aim of this dissertation project is therefore to develop therapeutic programs with a focus on functional interventions that are to be evaluated in a "real life scenario". Keywords: Physical training of acute patients with concomitant disease dementia.



  • Belala, N., Maier, C., Heldmann, P., Schwenk, M., & Becker, C. (2019). A pilot observational study to analyze (in)activity and reasons for sedentary behavior of cognitively impaired geriatric acute inpatients [Eine Pilotbeobachtungsstudie zur Analyse von (In‑)Aktivität und Gründen sedentären Verhaltens kognitiv eingeschränkter, geriatrischer Akutpatienten]. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 52(Suppl 4), 273–281.
  • Heldmann, P., Werner, C., Belala, N., Bauer, J. M., & Hauer, K. (2019). Early inpatient rehabilitation for acutely hospitalized older patients: A systematic review of outcome measures. BMC Geriatrics, 19(1), 189.
  • Heldmann, P., Schöttker-Königer, T., & Schäfer, A. (2015). Kulturelle Adaption und Validierung der deutschen Version der „Patient Specific Functional Scale“. International Journal of Health Professions, 2(1), 73–82.



2016 - 2021 Member of the Graduate Programme “People with Dementia in Acute-care Hospitals ”, Heidelberg University
2012 - 2016 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Bundesverband selbstständiger Physiotherapeuten IFK e.V.
2009 - 2012 Masterstudium Physiotherapie, HAWK Fachhochschule Hildesheim      
2005 - 2009 Bachelorstudium Physiotherapie, THIM Hogeschool voor Fysiotherapie Utrecht (NL)
2004 - 2012 Physiotherapeut, Schön Klinik München Harlaching
1999 - 2002 Berufsausbildung zum Physiotherapeuten, Bernd-Blindow-Schule Bad Sooden Allendorf








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