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Describe the elements of a comprehensive health assessment of a geriatric patient. What special considerations should the nurse keep in mind while performing this assessment? Health assessments are very important and vary between different age groups. As a nurse performs an assessment of an older adult, they must remember that many of them of have disabilities or activity limitations due to multiple chronic conditions that might cause physical, sensory, or mental impairments (Jarvis, 2016). According to Jarvis (2016), a geriatric assessment includes physical examination and assessments of the individual’s mental status, functional status, social and economic status, examination of the physical environment for safety concerns, and pain. Like with all of their other patients, a nurse must develop a sense of rapport and develop trust. Once that is established, the geriatric will be more open about their disabilities and conditions. This allows the nurse and other health care professionals develop a plan of care that help preserve their function and quality of life.
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  • Spring '17
  • JoyceTurner
  • Gerontology, comprehensive health assessment

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