Elderly Abuse

I wanted to comment on the importance of the assessment facilitated when the skilled nurse performs a head to toe on the elderly client. The skilled nurse not only has a responsibility to assess the body, but the holistic aspects of that client. I am a home health nurse, so from my perspective, the head to toe is a portion of the bigger scope of what I need to address. As we move into this new millennium with advances in technology, we are learning that the geriatric population is growing. More older adults are being placed in the position of caring for aging parents which can, for some, be an extreme balancing act to between their own lives and responsibilities, coupled with caring for their parents business affairs. All of these dynamics can place stress to that child of the older adult. Some of the abuse we as healthcare professionals need to assess is emotional and financial. Some parents, based on my experience, are made to feel guilty when the child needs to pick up a prescription or be taken to the doctors office. We need to ensure that the caregivers have as much support available to them to decrease stress, and increase the relationship dynamic between client and caregiver which will in part, keep the client healthy knowing that they have a good support system.

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