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Aged Person - How to cope with a Aged persons Psychological needs.

Updated on November 2, 2015

How to Cope Wih a Aged Persons Psychological Needs

How to cope with an Aged - coping with a aged person isnt' that easy. Its more like handling a child but not actually thinking a aged is a child. A aged is an adult so rather be gentle and warm and kind but not to be dealt with a thought of a child.

Dealing with Aged care involves 2 steps. Firstly treating them with love and caring attitude and most of all, recognizing an individual as you would expect somebody else to be with you.

It is called Holism, means treating someone as a “whole” The person has physical, social, psychological and spiritual parts. These parts are bound together and cannot be separated.

All these parts are inter-related and dependable on each other. Communication is also psychological. It involves thinking and reasoning.

Working in the long-term care environment is not easy physically, mentally and psychologically. It is quite challenging and responsible to work as a carer or a nurse. It involves 2 stages: Planning and Goals

Priorities and goals for the person’ s care are set. Priorities relate to what is most important for the person. Needs are arranged in order of importance – some needs are required for life and survival eg. Oxygen, water and food and these must be met before the others.

Goals are set, a goal is that which is desired in or by a person because of nursing care. Goals are aimed at the person’s highest level of wellbeing and functioning: physical, emotional, social, spiritual. Goals promote rehabilitation, and support the person’s independence. They should be achievable and realistic. Nursing intervention is an action taken by the nurses to help the person reach a goal. The care plan is a written guide about the specific care of a person and how it works. Diagnosis is also specified in the care plans. Then, they implement the plan step by step and care is given at this stage. In this process of taking care of the aged, the last and useful way is to evaluate the plan. In other word’s a person’s progress is evaluated. Care planning and documentation are essential for ensuring appropriate care is given and for funding.

Effects of Illness and Disability in an Aged - People do not choose to be sick or disabled. A disability is a lost, absent or impaired physical or mental function. Both, Illness and disability have social, physical and psychological effects.These feelings should be highly considered and dealt in a proper manner.

Hygiene in an Aged

Grooming, skin care and nail care also essential step in hygiene especially in an aged. They should be equally considered as any younger person. They are unable to maintain their own hygiene because of age and should not be left as an option. Proper hygiene will help them maintain their balance and quality of life.

All these factors should be effectively practised in the caring of an aged person.


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      Lgali 9 years ago

      good advice