between them. The patient and other people in the room should be acknowledged and addressed in a formal manner (Ball et al., 2015 When caring for older adults that are disabled, it is crucial that the clinician provides a comfortable environment for the patient. The provider should make all necessary adjustment that would help to accommodate the patient’s need depending on the type of disability the patient has. For example,the provider should allow adequate time for the patient to complete the necessary tasks; also, the room should be kept free of clutter so that patients who are wheelchair-bound can maneuver their assistive devices within the room. The provider should ensure that the room is quiet and comfortable with adequate lighting (Ball et al. 2015). Open-ended questions are very effective in obtaining answers from patients as it gives enough room for patients to be more detailed in their answers. Listening attentively and visual observation are communication tools that should be employed in obtaining detailed information from patients. The clinician should face the patient and make frequent eye contact especially with patients that have auditory or visual impairment; also, it is important for the clinician to pronounce words clearly and to speak slowly so that patients can fully understand what is being communicated (Ball et al., 2015). Risk Assessment A health risk assessment provides clinicians with an opportunity for health promotion (Wu & Orlando, 2015). In the current healthcare environment, it is paramount that clinicians be highly knowledgeable and skilled in assessing their patients’ health status (Clark, 2015). The 76-year-old African-American male
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