Risk Assessment I selected the functional assessment for my risk assessment. Functional assessment is important in all ages but especially in the elderly population. In order to create a patient-centered plan of care, promote health, and assess for the patient’s abilities to carry out their activities of daily living (ADLs) their functional capacity must be assessed (Ball et al., 2015; Rodrigues et al., 2015). Even small limitations can affect a patient’s quality of life and must be noted along with a patient’s support system and environment (Ball et al., 2015). Roedl, Wilson, and Fine (2016) performed a systematic review to compare functional assessment tools and concluded the Barthel Index is a quick, accurate, and easy test that can be conducted in the primary office setting to measure performance in ADLs. At times more than one functional assessment approach may be used because of the elderly’s multi-system diseases, and risk factors. A few of the targeted questions I would ask in this scenario are:
1. What brought you in to see me today? 2. Do you live alone, who helps you with your activities of daily living, shopping? 3. What medications are you currently taking and what method do you use to organize your medications? 4. How does your disability affect your quality of life? 5. Do you have family or friends that are close by or visit?
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- Summer '15