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AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 108(2):50-59, February 2008
The Mini-Nutritional Assessment (MNA) is a two-part assessment tool that has been developed just for older adults, and is quick and easy for nurses to use. This video demonstrates the assessment process, as well as how to measure calf and upper arm circumference, to determine key information used in the final determination of nutrition status. In addition, viewers will hear a discussion among interdisciplinary team members that identify a broad range of options to address all the risk factors identified for this particular patient, including simple, cost-effective strategies of improving the nutrient content of inexpensive foods.
For you, the thought of a warm bath or shower is probably a treat anticipated to provide comfort and relaxation. How unfortunate that for those with dementia, the bathing experience may be a painful, frightening, and humiliating procedure.
With planning and a process customized to address each person’s unique needs, or a person-centered approach, older adults with dementia can be spared a negative experience. This 30-minute program is based on the April 2006 New Look at the Old AJN article by Joanne Rader MN, RN, et al, titled: The Bathing Of Older Adults with Dementia. The video outlines cutting-edge research and presents best practices in bathing from researchers and practitioners, as well as guidance from the perspective of a state regulatory agency on what actually constitutes compliance with relevant standards of care.
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