Older Clients

Older Clients

Assignment Instruction

Please answer the following five (5) questions in a new Word doc.

Please ensure you have your name and student number on the assessment either as a title page or a header/footer.

Each question is required to be referenced using APA referencing and a complete reference list is to be attached at the end of the assessment (refer to the APA Referencing Guide.

The total word count is 1000 words

Shows evidence of the use of at least four (4) relevant reference sources (e.g. textbooks, professional websites, current journal articles).


1. Mrs Holt, 85 years old, has been admitted to acute care following a fall resulting in a fractured femur. She is a widow and lives alone with her three cats for company.
a) What aspects would you consider in preparation for her discharge?
b) Research and discuss a minimum of three (3) services that are available to assist the older person with maintaining social contacts within your local area.
a) Demonstrates understanding of the discharge process; including who is involved and what specific concepts need to be considered for this client.
b) Demonstrates research and understanding of three (3) local services that are available to assist the older person with maintaining social contacts.

2. Mrs Munyarryun, 67 years, has been retired from her work for two years. She rings for advice about urinary incontinence, a problem she has experienced over the last 6 months. What might have triggered urinary incontinence and what would you include in your advice?
a) Demonstrates understanding of the cause(s) of urinary incontinence
b) Identifies specific patient education applicable to this client).

3. Mr Konarski, 73 years old, lives in a high-level care facility. He has dementia of the Alzheimers type, osteoarthritis in both knees and ankles, and hypertension, which is controlled by medication. He requires supervision and help with all personal care. Today, however, he appears unusually agitated and restless. What would you consider might be the cause of this change.
(Discusses possible aetiology (causes) of changed behaviours in the Alzheimers client).

4. Mr Lusk, 69 years old, lives with his wife in a low-care facility. He has recently been diagnosed with early stage Dementia. You are educating his wife (Mrs Lusk) on the aspects of managing challenging behaviour. What can you tell her about Validation therapy? Give an example (either a conversation or situation) of when she can use this technique with her husband.
(Correctly defines and gives an example of Validation Therapy and outlines how and why it can assist this client) .

5. Forms of Restraint:
a) What are the three types of restraints?
b) For each type, identify one action which demonstrates how this restraint could be applied:
c) Identify three restraint alternatives which could be used in aged care practice.
(Demonstrates understanding of the three (3) different forms of restraint in particular giving an example of each and three (3) alternatives which could be used in aged care practice).


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