Photograph of a woman who has severe arthritis using an adaptive device (fork with large-diameter handle) for eating; photo source: Administration on Aging, DHHS Adapting Care Competency

 

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Here is the Older Adult Competency that you will demonstrate:

Plan, implement, and evaluate care that is adapted to meet the individual functional, physical, cognitive, psychological, social, and endurance capabilities of older adults.

 

Here are components that help build this Awareness competency:

  • Adapt technical skills to meet the functional, physical, cognitive, psychological, social, and endurance capabilities of older adults.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate care in collaboration with older adults, their families/caregivers, and other members of the health care team.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate individualized care for older adults based on systematic assessment.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate care that incorporates the complex interaction of acute and chronic co-morbid conditions common to older adults.
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate evidence-based strategies (at a beginning level) to prevent, recognize, and manage geriatric syndromes common to older adults (delirium, dementia, pressure ulcers, polypharmacy, pain, urinary incontinence, sleep disturbance, problems of eating and feeding, falls).
  • Plan, implement, and evaluate end-of-life care for older adults and their families/caregivers.
  • Use self-care strategies to maintain professional energy while juggling complex demands.
Go to the Adapting Care Competency Learning Activities.
Go to the Adapting Care Competency Demonstration.


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