Rasmussen College System | NURSING CARE OF THE OLDER ADULTS | Rasmussen College System
As people age, their healthcare requirements may change. They might require more specialized treatment. Here are some care plans designed for older adults.
- Comprehensive geriatric assessment: A comprehensive geriatric assessment is a multidisciplinary evaluation that assesses an older adult’s medical, functional, cognitive, and social needs. The assessment can identify problems with health, limitations in functional abilities, and the need for social support. The assessment can help guide the development of a personalized care plan that addresses the older adult’s unique needs.
- Medication Management: Because many older adults are taking multiple medications, they may be at risk for drug interactions and adverse drug reactions. It is important to have a medication management plan in place so that older adults are taking the right medications at the proper dosages, times and doses, without experiencing side effects.
- Fall Prevention: Seniors are more likely to fall, resulting in injuries that can be serious and even hospitalization. Falls prevention can be achieved by modifying your home to eliminate fall hazards and implementing exercise programmes to enhance strength and stability. You can also use assistive devices, such as walkers or canes, to help you.
- Nutrition and Hydration: Elderly adults can have specific nutritional requirements, such as increased vitamin D and protein needs. Nutrition plans can ensure older adults are eating a healthy diet. A hydration program can ensure older adults are drinking the right amount of fluids to keep their health in check.
- Palliative Care: This is medical treatment that provides relief for symptoms, and improves the quality of living of patients with severe illnesses. It can also be used to treat those who are nearing death. Palliative plans can address physical, spiritual, and emotional needs for older adults.
Conclusion: To design plans of care that are specific to older adults, it is necessary to assess their needs and unique challenges. In order to provide personalized care, it is important that older adults receive medical, functional cognitive, emotional, and social needs.