Interview and Communication This discussion will be dealing with a 76-year-old Black/African-American male with disabilities living in an urban setting. Healthcare providers must seek a connection with the patient. Ensuring comfort, both physical and emotional, while being courteous helps to provide trust and connection with the patient (Ball et al., 2015). Modify habits during the interview to ensure you are not becoming a barrier to effective communication (Ball et al., 2015). Effectively communicating with the disabled elderly may require some unique strategies. According to Ni (2014), slow movements and forgetfulness may be encountered when dealing with the elderly; therefore, patience and compassion should be exercised. Risk Assessment Instrument
Health risk assessments are short, focused tools that are used to help gain an understanding of a patient’s particular attributes (Stratis Health, 2014). A functional assessment would be appropriate for an elderly male with disabilities. According to Ball et al. (2015), all older persons living with disease of disability should have a functional assessment. A functional assessment will help determine limitations that impact a person’s ability to live or function independently. It will also help determine what, if any, assistive devices might be needed to maintain functional independence of the patient. Targeted questions for functional risk assessment are as follows: 1.Are you safely able to walk to your mailbox and back? 2.Are you able to feed, bathe, and dress yourself without difficulty? 3.Do you have any trouble balancing or standing up from a seated or lying position? 4.Do you have any trouble getting or taking your medications? 5.Is anyone available to help you or check you routinely?
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