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AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 108(1):40-49, January 2008
In the video, behaviors and family concerns are elicited by a staff nurse during a routine hospital admission assessment of a patient with memory problems admitted for knee replacement, and the results shared with an interdisciplinary team who use the information to plan post-operative care. In addition to identifying steps to more suitably address pain management, minimize potential delirium, and prevent dehydration and functional decline; the staff discusses how to inform the family members about the plan of care, the rationale, and what to expect during the course of hospitalization and discharge.
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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