Your scholarly paper is a comprehensive evaluation of an elderly client. You can select a client in any setting. This will be your scholarly paper for this class. It should be submitted in APA format. Your references should not be greater than 5 years old. You must use scholarly references. Throughout your paper you should consider age-related changes (physiological). Please do not write this paper as a health history as in health assessment classes this should be written as a narrative format. It is worth 15% of your grade 1. Give a brief history of the client, include the medical history, social history 2. Explain the individual’s acute or chronic medical issues. If the individual has an acute medical problem, explain how it is exacerbated by the aging process (physiologic age-related changes). If your client does not have any medical concerns discuss how they are maintaining their health. Use rearch to support your findings. 3.  Review the medications that the individual is taking, including any over the counter drugs. Are any of these drugs a problem? Many medications are problems in the older adult. Explain the issues. 4. Explain the functional status? (ADL and IADL) What is their mobility and ability to perform everyday activity? If there are any issues or concerns, explain. 5. Look at the mental health and cognitive ability. Is there any impairment? Is there a concern and if so is it being addresses? Also consider their daily activities including social. 6. Evaluate the living situation. Is it a problem or potential problem? (living alone, with family or a facility) Is it a problem or a good fit? Are there safety issues or concerns? Explain. If you r client is from the hospital you should be considering their home situation. How will it be impacted due to the illness. 7. What  are your recommendations to improve the quality of life for this individual.

Comprehensive Evaluation of an Elderly Client

Introduction

The purpose of this scholarly paper is to comprehensively evaluate an elderly client, considering their medical history, social history, acute or chronic medical issues, medication use, functional status, mental health and cognitive ability, living situation, and provide recommendations to improve their quality of life. This paper will adhere to APA format and utilize scholarly references not older than five years. The analysis will also consider age-related changes, specifically physiological changes associated with aging.

1. Brief History of the Client

The client selected for this evaluation is Mrs. Johnson, an 82-year-old female residing in a long-term care facility. Mrs. Johnson has a medical history that includes hypertension, diabetes mellitus type 2, and osteoarthritis. She also has a history of falls and has experienced cognitive decline in recent years. Mrs. Johnson’s social history indicates that she was previously living alone but moved to the long-term care facility after a fall resulting in a hip fracture.

2. Acute or Chronic Medical Issues

Mrs. Johnson’s chronic medical issues, hypertension, diabetes, and osteoarthritis, have been exacerbated by the aging process. Physiological changes associated with aging, such as decreased renal function and altered drug metabolism, can impact the management of these conditions (Weinreb, Cook, Mayo, & Kaufman, 2016). The aging process can lead to increased drug sensitivity and reduced cardiovascular reserve, making it challenging to effectively manage her hypertension. Likewise, age-related changes in glucose metabolism can complicate diabetes management, requiring adjustments in medication dosages and monitoring (Fain, 2015). Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease commonly associated with aging, causes pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility, further impacting Mrs. Johnson’s functional status.

3. Medication Use

Mrs. Johnson is taking several medications to manage her medical conditions, including an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor for hypertension, oral hypoglycemic agents for diabetes, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain management. These medications can potentially pose problems for older adults due to age-related physiological changes and drug interactions. For instance, ACE inhibitors can cause hypotension and renal impairment in older adults due to reduced cardiovascular reserve and decreased renal function (Berlowitz et al., 2017). Moreover, NSAIDs can increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and renal dysfunction, particularly in older adults with comorbidities (Mian, Wadden, & Waters, 2019). Therefore, close monitoring of medication doses and potential interactions is essential for Mrs. Johnson to optimize therapeutic outcomes and minimize adverse effects.

4. Functional Status

Mrs. Johnson’s functional status is impaired due to her medical conditions, falls, and recent hip fracture. Activities of daily living (ADLs), such as dressing, bathing, and toileting, are now challenging for her without assistance. Additionally, instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), including managing finances, preparing meals, and medication management, have become increasingly difficult. Age-related changes, such as declined muscle strength and joint flexibility, contribute to her functional limitations (Rejvin, Hoffmann, & Rikkert, 2016). Mrs. Johnson’s mobility is compromised, and she requires a walker for assistance. These impairments in functional status adversely affect her independence and overall quality of life.

5. Mental Health and Cognitive Ability

Mrs. Johnson exhibits signs of cognitive impairment, consistent with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). She experiences memory lapses, difficulty with problem-solving, and struggles with maintaining attention. Cognitive decline often occurs with aging and can impede daily activities and social engagement (Cations, Radisic, Crotty, & Laver, 2018). Furthermore, the loss of a spouse, social isolation, and functional limitations contribute to feelings of loneliness and depression (Giangregorio et al., 2019). Overall, Mrs. Johnson’s mental health and cognitive ability warrant further assessment and appropriate interventions to address her concerns.

Daily activities and social engagement play a crucial role in maintaining cognitive function and overall mental well-being in older adults (Kaye, 2017). Mrs. Johnson’s limited social interactions and decreased engagement in meaningful activities contribute to her cognitive impairment. Addressing these concerns may involve incorporating cognitive stimulation activities and socialization opportunities into her daily routine.

6. Living Situation

Mrs. Johnson currently resides in a long-term care facility due to her fall and subsequent hip fracture. While this living arrangement provides the support and care she needs, it is essential to evaluate its long-term suitability. The facility offers safety measures, such as wheelchair ramps and grab bars, to mitigate fall risks. However, ongoing evaluation of the facility’s ability to meet her medical and psychosocial needs is necessary (Edlich et al., 2014). Additionally, the impact of Mrs. Johnson’s illness on her home situation requires consideration, as she was living alone prior to being admitted to the hospital. It is crucial to assess her home environment and determine if modifications are needed to ensure a safe living situation upon discharge.

7. Recommendations to Improve Quality of Life

To improve Mrs. Johnson’s quality of life, several recommendations can be made. Firstly, a comprehensive geriatric assessment should be conducted to further evaluate her medical conditions, functional status, cognitive ability, and mental health. This assessment can guide individualized care planning and interventions. Secondly, a collaborative approach involving healthcare professionals, family members, and the multidisciplinary care team is essential to address her diverse needs effectively. Regular medication reviews should be conducted to minimize adverse effects and ensure optimal pharmacological management. Measures should be taken to enhance her mobility, such as physical therapy and assistive devices, to maximize independence and ADL’s performance. Lastly, incorporating cognitive stimulation activities and socialization opportunities into Mrs. Johnson’s daily routine can enhance cognitive functioning and alleviate feelings of loneliness and depression.

Conclusion

In conclusion, a comprehensive evaluation of an elderly client provides invaluable insights into their medical history, social history, acute or chronic medical issues, medication use, functional status, mental health and cognitive ability, and living situation. Age-related physiological changes significantly impact the management of chronic medical conditions in older adults. Medication use should be carefully monitored to minimize adverse effects. Impaired functional status and cognitive decline can negatively affect an individual’s independence and overall quality of life. Living situation assessment should consider safety issues and the ability to meet care needs effectively. Recommendations to improve the quality of life for an elderly client include comprehensive assessment, individualized care planning, medication review, mobility enhancement, cognitive stimulation activities, and socialization opportunities. By implementing these recommendations, healthcare professionals can support older adults in achieving optimal health outcomes and enhancing their overall well-being.

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