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NURS 228 Chpt 1,2,4 9/5/2017 Chpt 6 -be able to engage elder in the conversation -reminiscing -we value gerontic nursing care – it is the fastest growing field around -need to take time to talk, but really need to take time to listen, this is the time to be present with the patient -need to see bigger picture -what can you learn personally and professionally through this course? -need to make sure sentences are short and speak gently to older patients, hard of hearing: raise voice, but do not scream. Voice being too high or too low can affect Alzheimer’s patient by making them annoyed -alignment: what you think and what you do should match, growing up and realizing that we will all die. Each day we live is one day closer to the day we die. Death is a part of life -find the good in things, but in a safe manner ex: old person lifting weights -older people can tell us a lot if we listen and ask -info received from them and the primary care giver (plays a huge role) COMMUNICATION WITH THE OLDER ADULT -imperative to be at eye level because sight and hearing is not great. They typically learn to read lips -heart is not always in place you think it will be because it is sometimes enlarged, so you may have to adjust assessment skills accordingly -if you forget about the patient, you forget about the person. PATIENT IS A PERSON
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