Title

Whole disease care planning: fitting the program to the client with Alzheimer's disease

Document Type

Article

Peer Reviewed

1

Publication Date

3-1-1991

NLM Title Abbreviation

J Gerontol Nurs

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of gerontological nursing

PubMed ID

2005367

Abstract

Care of the person with a chronic dementing illness is best approached from a conceptual perspective. As the "whole disease care planning" model demonstrates, care is logically derived from knowledge of the client's premorbid characteristics, and intervention strategies develop from following the individual's daily routine and simplifying it as the disease progresses. Although it is impossible to discuss the entire scope of care planning for demented adults in a brief article, this information can help nurses determine which intervention strategies to pursue based on the sociocultural background of clients and their level of functional loss. The desired outcomes at all levels of care include maximizing the potential for safe function by controlling for excess disability and providing appropriate levels of assistance; participation in activities as desired by the client; and minimizing discomfort and maximizing expressions of comfort.

Keywords

Activities of Daily Living, Alzheimer Disease/nursing/physiopathology/psychology, Holistic Health, Humans, Nursing Assessment, Patient Care Planning/organization & administration

Published Article/Book Citation

Journal of gerontological nursing, 17:3 (1991) pp.38-41.

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URL

https://ir.uiowa.edu/nursing_pubs/587