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AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 108(7):52-60, July 2008
This video includes a sexuality assessment using the PLISSIT model, and demonstrates how to introduce the topic and conduct the brief interview process. Once the assessment findings are summarized and discussed by the Nurse Practitioner and the student conducting the assessment, the information is taken to the team for their expert advice. The subsequent plan includes information to educate the patient, allay anxiety, and provides strategies and resources which will help her resume her sexual relationship with her partner.
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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