Gerontologic Nursing

Give a brief history of the client; include the medical history, social history 2. Explain the individual’s acute or chronic medical issues. If the individual has an acute medical problem, explain how it is exacerbated by the aging process (physiologic age-related changes). If your client does not have any medical concerns discuss how they are maintaining their health. Use research to support your findings. 3. Review the medications that the individual is taking, including any over the counter drugs. Are any of these drugs a problem? Many medications are problems in the older adult. Explain the concern. 4. Explain the functional status? (ADL and IADL) What is their mobility and ability to perform everyday activities? If there are any issues or concerns, explain. 5. Look at the mental health and cognitive ability. Is there any impairment? Is there a concern and if so is it being addressed? Also consider their daily activities including social activities. 6. Evaluate the living situation. Is it a problem or potential problem? Living alone, with family or in a facility; is it a problem or a good fit? Are there safety issues or concerns? Explain. If your client is from the hospital you should be considering their home situation. How will their home/living situation be impacted due to the illness? 7. What are your recommendations to improve the quality of life for this individual?