Case study concept map and plan of care | NURSING CARE OF THE OLDER ADULTS | Rasmussen College System
As individuals age, they may develop unique healthcare needs that require specialized care. Here are some design plans for care specific to the older adult:
- Comprehensive geriatric assessment: A comprehensive geriatric assessment is a multidisciplinary evaluation that assesses an older adult’s medical, functional, cognitive, and social needs. It can help identify health problems, functional limitations, and social support needs. The assessment can help guide the development of a personalized care plan that addresses the older adult’s unique needs.
- Medication management: Many older adults take multiple medications, which can increase the risk of adverse drug reactions, interactions, and other complications. A medication management plan can help ensure that the older adult is taking the appropriate medications, at the correct dosages and times, and that they are not experiencing any side effects.
- Fall prevention: Older adults are at a higher risk of falls, which can result in serious injuries and hospitalizations. A fall prevention plan can include home modifications to reduce fall hazards, exercise programs to improve strength and balance, and assistive devices such as canes or walkers.
- Nutrition and hydration: Older adults may have unique nutritional needs, including increased protein and vitamin D requirements. A nutrition plan can help ensure that the older adult is consuming a balanced diet that meets their nutritional needs. Hydration is also essential for older adults to maintain overall health, and a hydration plan can help ensure that the older adult is drinking enough fluids.
- Palliative care: Palliative care is specialized medical care that focuses on providing relief from symptoms and improving the quality of life for individuals with serious illnesses, including those nearing the end of life. A palliative care plan can help address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of older adults and their families.
In conclusion, designing plans for care specific to the older adult requires a comprehensive assessment of their unique needs and challenges. By addressing medical, functional, cognitive, social, and emotional needs, older adults can receive personalized care that promotes their health, independence, and well-being.