Rate of disability increases with age because overtime things breakdown o

Rate of disability increases with age because

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Rate of disability increases with age because overtime things breakdown o Consider aging caretakers of individuals with disabilities o If caretakers cannot properly take care of patient because of their own disabilities o Effects of aging upon disabled Arthritis is the most common cause of disability o Of the 54 million adults with doctor-diagnosed arthritis, more than 23 million say they have trouble with their usual activities because of arthritis. Chronic Illness & Top 10 Leading Causes of Death in the US Heart disease Cancer Accidents Chronic lower respiratory disease (COPD) Stroke Alzheimer’s disease Diabetes Influenza & pneumonia Kidney disease (Nephritis) Suicide Myths and Truth’s About Chronic Illness Examples: Everyone dies of something People can still live a long life if they lead unhealthy lifestyle Solutions for chronic disease prevent is expensive There is nothing that can be done to prevent chronic illness Chronic disease primarily affect old people We have to educate them on how to eat healthier Ask what they like to eat and give alternatives Show list of things and let them choose from list. create a plan together What is Patient Centered Care?
NU 307 Adult Care Exam 1 Study Guide Focuses on the patient and the individual’s particular health care needs The goal is to empower patients to become active participants in their care Have patient present during care plan and be part of the planning Active participation means they are less likely to come back with worse symptoms Principles: o Respect for patients’ values, preferences and expressed needs o Coordination and integration of care o Information, communication and education Don’t use all medical terms, communication in language they understand o Physical comfort o Emotional support and alleviation of fear and anxiety o Involvement of family and friends o Continuity and transition o Access to care Chronic Illness & Professional Nursing Practice One of four adults has two or more chronic health conditions Increases complexity of care Patients have multiple specialists Risk for conflicting medical advice, adverse effects of medications, unnecessary and duplicative tests, preventable hospitalizations It is up to nurse to know all medications and physicians, awareness will prevent complications Costs of care increase with the number of chronic conditions Duplicate tests can be ordered by different specialists Chronic Conditions Day-to-day management of illness is largely the responsibility of people with chronic disorders and their families Management of chronic conditions is a process of discovery Learn as you go, know patient, talk to patient and go from there Financial burden Ethical issues Ex: patient came in with chronic illness, but only gets basic test done because hospitals knows they can’t afford the expensive one Living with chronic illness means living with uncertainty

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