Assessing and Planning Care for an Elderly Person

In order to gain an insight into the world of elder adults, it is important to understand how they view themselves and the values they hold. Additionally, it is important to assess and determine an elderly person’s needs and establish appropriate interventions for this individual.

Tasks:

Choose an adult 65 years or older to interview. You can use a friend, family member, or co-worker. Use the format provided to record the responses. A list of questions is available for you to start with. Include 2–3 questions of your own to get a complete picture of the interviewee. Summarize your findings and also contrast the responses with findings in your readings and other current literature.

Download this patient questionnaire. This form should be used as an example.

After gaining permission, conduct a physical and mental functional assessment of the older adult you have chosen. Review your readings for the process of functional assessment.

Make use of the tools discussed in this module to complete a comprehensive assessment of your patient. You can also search the Internet for resources related to these tools.

  1. Tinetti Balance and Gait Evaluation
  2. Katz Index of Activities of Daily Living
  3. Assessment of Home Safety
  4. The Barthel Index

Make sure the older adult is clearly identified on the tools. Do not include their name, but do include professional or other designation, and age. Your name should also be identified on the tool. (This should be a part of your Appendix.)

In a 3- to 4-page paper (not including the cover page and references), compare and contrast the age-related changes of the older person you interviewed and assessed with those identified in this module’s reading assignment. During this data analysis process provide at least 4–6 preliminary issues that you have identified. Identify three alterations in health that you would propose and describe them. Identify a minimum of three comprehensive interventions for each problem. Make sure that you integrate personal cultural awareness and cultural competency.

Attach the questionnaire as an Appendix. Remember to use headings to identify the different sections in your paper.

Submission Details:

  • By the due date assigned, post your responses to the Submissions Area. Support your findings with examples and scholarly references. Apply APA standards to citation of sources.

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