Re:Topic 5 DQ 1
As the elderly population increases in America, the need for geriatric nursing is on a steady rise. Carry & Lyder (2011) notes that the elderly population is expected to reach 70 million by 2030. It will be important for nurses to understand the needs for geriatric patients as well as to provide holistic care for the patients. This will be significant in reducing the need for hospitalization for the elderly patients. This can also be crucial in enhancing the quality of life for the patients.
Geriatric assessment is a multifaceted interdisciplinary diagnostic tool employed in collection of psychosocial, functional capabilities and medical history of an elderly patient. The geriatric nurse must therefore be aware of how to apply the geriatric assessment tool and how it differs from the standard assessment tools. For instance, the following features are common with the geriatric assessment tool which the geriatric nurse must watch out for: it focusses on the elderly patient and the complex problems he or she may be having.
Focuses on the functionality of the individual, as well as, the quality of life. It uses an interdisciplinary team approach. The assessment tool focuses on the five I’s namely impairment, immobility, incontinence, instability, and iatrogenic disorders. in order to be proficient in geriatric nursing care an individual must be aware of the health issues related to aging. Physiological changes of the patients, and normal health changes arising from social changes that come with old age (Carry & Lyder, 2011). A geriatric nurse when undertaking an assessment of the elderly individual must take into account the privacy of the individual, the duration that a disease associated with old age has been going on, and lastly the person taking care of the patient or the autonomy of the elderly patient.