Dementia Can you imagine what your life would be like if one of your loved ones could not recall memories you once shared or have the ability to fully take care of themselves? Their mind is no longer allowing them to properly function as they should, so they become forgetful. Dementia is a chronic irreversible condition which cannot be cured that changes the life and mind of the individual affected. The purpose of this paper is to inform you about the condition, how it affects the individual, and include patient centered care interventions for the patient. Dementia and its affects “Dementia is a broad term used to describe the progressive deterioration of cognitive functioning and global impairment of intellect with no change in consciousness” …show more content…
The nurse should be aware of the patient’s medical history and know their patient well. Patient safety is very important. “Nursing management of older adults with any form of dementia always considers the safety and physical & psychosocial needs of the older adult and family” (Potter & Perry, 2012). Quality Improvement Interventions An intervention for quality improvement is to make sure the patient understands what is happening. The patient should be given time to express their thoughts. The family should be informed about the condition. Their participation is essential in making sure the patient is being taken care of. “To meet the needs of the older adult, individualize nursing care to enhance quality of life and maximize functional performance by improving condition, mood and behavior” (Potter & Perry, 2012). Information Management Interventions Since there is no cure for dementia the nurse should be mindful of the pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions used to treat the condition. The interventions chosen should help maintain quality of life and ensure safety of the patient. The patient should be fully assessed to make sure interventions are …show more content…
The nurse and doctor work together to assure the proper tests are done and medications are given. The doctor and nurse works with the family members to assure they are properly fulfilling their duties; such as making sure the patient is taking medicines correctly and receiving proper nutrition. Legal and Ethical Interventions The nurse should follow the rules and regulations of the facility he/she works in. The nurse should always do an assessment of the patient to make sure no new health problems have occurred and the current ones are stable. Not only should the nurse follow the regulations of the facility but the American Nurses Association. Conclusion Dementia is the deterioration of the brain that affects cognitive thinking. Dementia causes damage to brain cells. There are different types of dementia and a variety of symptoms. A person’s quality of care can be sustained if clinical judgment, quality improvement, collaboration & teamwork, information management and legal & ethical interventions are provided. If a nurse exhibits these interventions it shows she is competent about what she is
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Dementia is a serious disorder caused by a variety of brain illnesses which affects a person memory .There are three symptoms stages which are early,middle,and late stages. A Person with dementia lose the ability to think well enough to do everyday activities or solve problems. It is also difficult for a person with dementia to interact with others which makes this disease overwhelming for the families of the Patient. The number of people who have dementia is currently estimated at 47.5 million.
What do you know about Alzheimer's? Alzheimer's is a progressive disease that attacks the brain and affects all aspects of a person's life, it is fatal and made up mostly of memory loss and confusion symptoms, which increase as time goes by. My research on dementia has helped me broaden my understanding of the short story "Babysitting Helen". It taught me that Helen's symptoms, memory loss and confusion , trouble performing day-to-day tasks, and repeating of actions and words are normal for people with dementia or Alzheimer's.
Dementia is a disorder which causes the brain cells to deteriorate therefor causes a decline in several symptoms and affects a person’s mentality, capacity and how they go about their everyday life. NVQ 1.2 2) Describe the functions of the brain that are affected by dementia. There are many brain functions affected by dementia depending on which form of dementia the individual has. The temporal lobe’s functions affected are Memory loss for example forgetting things you have just been told or something you have just said so repeating yourself several times, balance, posture and vision can also be affected due to decline in health of the temporal lobe. Frontal lobe affects behaviour for example becoming withdrawn.
For our group’s final term paper, I’ve been working on the part that requires the application of Erikson’s psychosocial theory and Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological model to better understand and analyze the issue of dementia on older adults. From what I have gone through researching for my parts, I found the discourse of dementia has been dominated by a “medicalized” notion of dementia. Such “medicalized” notion has presented us and the general public a gloomy view of ageing: a horrible disease that only associated with irreversible deterioration of intellectual functioning, and that “nothing can be done” to it. For me, I had been fortunate not to have any personal experiences with dementia as no one in my family had this disease, but before
3.1 Explain the theories that underpin health and social care practice The main purpose of dementia care worker is to provide support for people with dementia and helping them to improve their sense of well-being, to maintain their independence and to put them in more control of their lives. Being a dementia care worker, suppose to: • Have good organizing skills and good time management; • Have good communication skills; • Understand dementia; • Understand the needs of people with dementia; • Have knowledge of specific legislation, which include the Health & Safety and Mental Capacity Act; • Have experience in keeping and writing reports; • Be able to understand the client confidentiality; • Be able to assess and evaluate the client need;
Literature Review According to Gavett and Stern (2012), instead of being a continuous variable, dementia epitomizes the ultimate common clinical pathway for a number of advanced (e.g., chronic traumatic encephalopathy, AD, frontotemporal lobar degeneration) and revocable (e.g., vitamin B12 deficiency, major depression, hypothyroidism) medical conditions. It is believed that the construct of dementia is best hypothesized as continually fluctuating however, evidence is showing dementia is divergent and definite. The simple fact of the presence of dementia does not give insight into its cause. From a developmental perspective of aging, knowing whether the inactive structure of dementia is unqualified or continuous does not appear to provide
Throughout the semester, I have learned so much about the different aspects of a long-term health care facility. From textbook readings, class lectures, case studies, to group projects, my knowledge and understanding of what it takes to run a long-term health care facility has grown immensely. With the percentage of the population above the age of 60 about to increase rapidly, long-term facilities will become more prevalent and important. The five main aspects I would focus on as an administrator in a long-term care facility are following regulations, making correct care plans for patients, ensuring there is enough qualified staff at all times, providing stimulating activities, and ensure a comfortable and home-like atmosphere for the residents. The first consideration is following regulations.
I agree with the statement “health must be defined by patient and nurses must allow themselves to be guided by what the person considers acceptable level of health or standard of living.” (Salem Press Encyclopedia of Health, 2022). It is important to listen to the patient describe their health concerns in a subjective manner, and to observe the patient objectively to determine the health concern. Every individual has a different outlook on what health looks like to them. However, it is important to look at the patient holistically and take all aspects of the person into consideration with regards to their health including their “quality of life as a critical patient outcome” (Thorne et al.,
Furthermore, the patient lacks the resources or desire to proactively seek the information needed to treat her condition. To combat the issue, the nurse should begin by assess the patient’s education level and preferred form of learning. Next the nurse should deliver education about her condition, her medications, and the plan of care. Finally, the nurse should have the patient repeat the information back to the nurse to ensure the information was understood by the
Dementia is one of the most feared diseases and expensive to society currently. It is defined as a clinical syndrome of acquired cognitive impairment that determines decrease of intellectual enough capacity to interfere social and functional performance of the individual and their quality of life. It is a known fact that patients tend to express themselves through their behaviour and expect their carers to understand this notion. The diverse kinds of causes of different behaviours are inability to communicate, difficulty with tasks, unfamiliar surroundings, loud noises, frantic environment, and physical discomfort. Many diseases can cause dementia, some of which may be reversible.
Although effective communication can be challenging due to professional dynamics, the nurse manager needs to ensure all staff nurses on the team are able to effectively communicate with other healthcare professionals (Dingley, 2008). They can do so by ensuring formal communication protocols are integrated into clinical practice especially when caring for a deteriorating patient. The nurse manager must be informed when the total NEWS score is two. The value of such information should be recognised. Information about a deteriorating patient should be acted on in a timely manner with communication as per the escalation protocol (Department of Health, 2013).
The age of a patient and their lifespan considerations, heavily impacts the way nurses will care for a patient. There is a difference in care that is provided to cater to each individual patient, and age greatly impacts care. For example, an elderly patient who is suffering from a severe disease, in comparison to a paediatric patient suffering from the same condition, will be treated differently. The medical team would talk to the elderly patient and ask how she would want to be treated, taking into consideration her quality of life in terms of procedures that she may or may not want done during end of life care. The paediatric, given their age, would be treated differently.
The 14 fundamental needs are what guide the nursing process which nursing use to guide their care plan. Virginia Henderson theory separated the nursing care from the medical care because she wanted to focus on the patient as a whole (Blais& Hayes, 2016). The nurse who is caring for a patient with dementia will determine if the patient is capable of doing any of the needs on his or her own, will need the nurse to guide them with these needs or to take full responsibility for the patient to reach all of the 14 fundamental needs. The nurse is coming up with a plan of care for the patient and basing it on what Virginia Henderson believes a nurse’s role for the nurse should be. Which is the nurse will take full responsibility for the patient needs, or offering assistance to the patient while they are no longer able to do independently and working with the patient to promote independence (Ahtisham& Jacoline,
Importance of nurses A nurse is a health care professional who is engaged in the practice of nursing. Nurses are men and women who are responsible (along with other health care professionals) for the treatment, safety and recovery of acutely or chronically ill or injured people, health maintenance of the healthy, and treatment of life-threatening emergencies in a wide range of health care settings. Nurses may also be involved in medical and nursing research and perform a wide range of non-clinical functions necessary to the delivery of health care. Nurses develop a plan of care, sometimes working collaboratively with physicians, therapists, the patient, the patient 's family and other team members.