The Elderly in the Community

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As one ages, the body accumulates a myriad of multidimensional changes in the realms of physical, biological, psychological, and social alterations. These changes can manifest from a deficiency in one area or an abundance in another. According to the student nurse, these changes can be functional, potentially dysfunctional, or dysfunctional based on Gordon’s Functional Health Patterns. The student nurse conducts a similar interview and assessment process with each patient to gather subjective and objective data related to the health and wellness of the individual. The function of the student nurse’s interview process using Gordon’s Functional Health Patterns reflects the purpose of the interviewing an elderly individual in the…show more content…
This health pattern is dysfunctional with a nursing diagnosis of risk for falls related to difficulty with gait. This is the second priority mainly because of her history with two falls within the last year. The objective data supports this as the second priority due to an unsteady, hunched gait when ambulating and a scar on her head. When E.K. walks her face is looking down and her upper torso is hunched forward. The subjective data which supports this nursing diagnosis includes her admitting that she had two falls which resulted in minor injury within the past year. The scar on her head is from the most recent fall which resulted in several staples. Even though there are no stairs in her home, she accredited that both falls were due to losing her balance and not being able to prevent herself from falling to the ground. The accumulation of the objective and subjective data support this health pattern as dysfunctional and the second priority nursing diagnosis. The third priority nursing diagnosis is under the elimination health pattern. This health pattern is dysfunctional with the assigned nursing diagnosis of situational urinary incontinence related to inability to control passage of urine. This is the third priority to the nurse because of the associated skin breakdown risks related to urinary incontinence. The objective data was not
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