Hi! I am a nursing student and just had my first day of clinicals. I feel kind of thrown into everything and am having trouble devising a plan of attack for day 2!
My assignment is to complete a Gordon's Functional Health Pattern Assessment (11 categories of health) on a 81 yo male with dementia. He also has CHF, COPD, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, peripheral vascular disease.
I don't really know how to communicate with the patient to get the questions on our assessment form answered. I tried asking the patient some general questions and got only Yes or No answers. I am supposed to determine:
How his disease has affected his sexuality (REALLY?!)
what his spiritual beliefs are and if they impact his illness.
What he values most in life.
How he adjusts to stressors
What his Erickson's Age Related developmental stage is.
I am at a loss. I have never had experience with patients with dementia, have limited knowledge about how cognizant the patient is. The staff at the extended care is not helpful, and the instructor just told me to ask questions. I am trying to figure out how to approach these questions/phrase them.
Any help would be appreciated