NUR 256- Fall
Today’s elderly have many resources available to help with the challenges they will face in their aging years. As a nurse, it is important to have resources to go along with patient teaching. It is one of our duties in providing our senior patients with total care. Areas of concern for seniors that will be explored in this community research are dental care, exercise, and nutrition all of which can aid in helping the aging to increase the quality of their health warding off diseases and disabilities and prolonging life.
In the elderly, oral care is of concern because of the many changes of the oral cavity that can occur from poor oral hygiene, systemic diseases, environmental factors and the effects of certain medications (Tabloski, 2014). In finding oral care resources, I happened upon a Geriatric dental practice located in Bloomfield Hills, MI. This practice is headed by Mary Fisher, D.D.S. She has been treating the senior community for more than 30 years. Besides treating patients in her dental office, she offers portable care to patients in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals. Payment is fee for service and senior discounts varies with the type of service rendered. In finding this resource I didn’t know beforehand that some dentist specialize in just geriatric care and it was good to know that this dentist provided portable care for those who may not be able to come to her. Also it’s good to know that she does have experience working with dementia and Alzheimer who resist assistive care. I would refer this resource for oral care to seniors who need a specialist and lack transportation to get to her office.
Another area of concern in seniors is that of getting adequate nutrition. In completing a thorough patient assessment, nurses will need to know if their patient is eating an adequate diet and if not, explore to find reasons and resolutions.