Health assessment of the older adult | NRS-434VN
These characteristics can lead to elder abuse because they make them vulnerable to exploitation or mistreatment due their inability to defend themselves physically or mentally against potential perpetrators. Some examples include financial exploitation where someone takes advantage of older adults’ memory deficits or trustworthiness issues in order to gain access to their bank accounts as well as physical abuse from caretakers who may be impatient with how long it takes for the elderly person complete tasks due their physical limitations.
When performing a health assessment on geriatric patients compared to middle-aged adults nurses must take into account additional considerations such as the patient’s mental status given their age related cognitive decline and ability for self-care given any chronic illnesses or disabilities that may have developed over time. Additionally, evaluating any potential safety hazards within their home environment should also be done since many falls amongst the elderly population often result from inadequate home modifications needed for them live safely within it such as grab bars around bath tubs & stairways etc.