is the Older Adult Competency that you will demonstrate:
Plan, implement, and
evaluate care that assists older adults and their families/caregivers to
meet personal goals, express preferences, maximize function, maintain
desired level of autonomy and independence, and live in their chosen
are components that help build this Maximizing Function competency:
- Assess older adults' living
environment and suggest adaptations to optimize person-environment
fit, with special awareness of functional, physical, cognitive,
psychological, and social changes common in old age.
- Assess family/caregiver knowledge of
skills necessary to deliver care to older adults.
- Involve, educate, and/or supervise
families/caregivers and assistive personnel in implementing best
practices for older adults.
- Create individualized approaches for
behaviors such as falls, treatment interference, and other behavioral
symptoms to prevent inappropriate use of physical restraints and
- Plan, implement, and evaluate
strategies to increase adherence with therapeutic regimens.
- Find community resources to assist
older adults and their families to meet personal goals, maximize
function, maintain desired level of independence, and live in their
- Facilitate adjustment of older adults
and families/caregivers to new living arrangements.