Providing Quality Aged Care – An Overview
One of the most important aspects of the health care system in New Zealand (and may include other countries) focuses on Aged Care Management as it aims to provide holistic care of the elderly. As we all know, our elders’ need special attention and it is the responsibility of every member of the health care team to provide quality assistance (with adept training of the staff and use of facility software to simplify work process) while keeping the highest goal of improving the seniors’ quality of life.
In providing nursing care to our clients, we should remember that each of them is unique. They have an individual need that has to be addressed by developing a plan of care. A health provider should be able to distinguish which intervention is applicable to the elders through careful assessment of individual dimensions including biological, physical (health status) and social needs.
In addition, their loved ones should also be involved in the process. This can be done by enhancing their knowledge on how they can participate in the decision making and provision of care. Proper planning with the staff and the family will help in the successful completion of desired outcomes. It is important to note that this is a work of not just one person but must be seen as Team initiative with individual members aiming for the same goal. Furthermore, caregivers should also consider their role in therapeutic relationship care, especially on the importance of giving consistent assistance. It is when elders learn to trust you that will help bridge the gap. The inability to determine risk factors that could hinder the chance of having the client reach his optimum health, while in an Aged Care facility would make a bad impact on the relationship.
Moreover, continuous education of everyone on board especially about the health status, health learning needs, and needs assessment of the client is very significant in making sure that the goal of care will be met. If they are able to do their Activities of Daily Living without undue fatigue, interact with their fellow elderly, improve nutritional status and reach a certain level of self-reliance in performing simple tasks then it could be said that plan of care that was executed prove to be beneficial for the senior client upon evaluation.
It is therefore important to conduct proper screening of caregivers that would attend to senior clients. Knowledgeable and skilled attendants who are well equipped with theoretical foundations and experience would be an asset to an institution providing quality elderly care.
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