Any help with questions

  1. Hi,

    I am new in a LPN program and up until now have done extremely well with hw assignments. What I am unable to find in my text book I have always been able to find on the web. But there are 4 questions on my newest hw assignment that I am struggling with. I can not find anything in my text books and very little on the web. Maybe I am trying to look to deep but I am really struggling and have spent hours looking for the right answers. To be honest these are such simple questions it seems I feel stupid but I don't know where else to turn. Can you help me. Even if I can get some ideas or you could direct me to a site. So here are the questions:

    1.)List 5 reasons that the sociologic needs of the elderly are not met in society and in the facility ?

    I am totally confused by this question?

    2.) identify 2 aspects of care in an extended care facility that promote socialization for clients?

    (Are they talking about getting your resident involved in social activities at the facility ?)

    3. Identify 3 assessments that a nurse can make relating to the clients socialization either positive or negative.

    4. I identify at least 2 cultural. ethnic, or socioeconomic factors that may influence socialization for a client ?

    These are the 4 I am struggling with. I am not sure if I am not comprehending the question or what? Any help would be appreciated. I went through the first 20 questions pretty smoothly. I was able to find answers on the web or in my text books. But these are no where to be found. Has anyone worked in a nursing home that could help me with these. I am not looking for people to do my hw but am looking for answers or help finding these answers. Thanks.


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  3. by   MadamMermaid
    The elderly are not physically able to join in on a lot of social activities outside the home. As an example, my grandmother can't go to the movies anymore because it hurts/it's a lot of walking/bathrooms aren't as close as they need to be. A lot of elderly are in a great deal of pain which makes any activity exhausting. Inside LTC facilities, while they do their best (can't say that for all..but many do!) not everyone can have sufficient attention because so many basic needs have to be met and there isn't enough staff.

    In LTC they have bible groups, "beauty" day activies (like painting nails or getting haircuts), mild exercise, musical entertainment. There's lots to do depending on the facility and the ability/desire of the resident to be involved.

    I could go on but this is your homework and I still have to do mine! hehe. Just think about yourself and what might happen when you get older if you're in a facility. What problems might you personally have? Hope I helped a little.
  4. by   marjoriemac
    I think you are to focus on what we do regarding activity in ltc, this may be direct or indirect ie a group of residents having the opportunity to sit and talk is still activity. Many older people in their own home cannot partake in activity due to physical limitations, geographical limitations, some just don't know whats happening in their community. To assess ability to partake in activity the nurse needs to look at what limitations the resident has and discuss how these can be overcome, all activity can be modified to suit an individual, the nurse also uses a detailed social history to see what interested the resident and any hobbies they may be interested in starting. Having time to discuss and observe is the key! I racked my brain regarding cultural factors and could only come up with a few;- some people are very private and prefer their own company, some people cannot afford outings, some people would not attend certain outings due to their beliefs ie while some christians may enjoy a xmas church service, those who strictly adhere to their own sect may not, (also jehovahs dont do xmas!). Hope this helps. Also don't forget that dementia can change people. My gran detested Daniel O'Donell and now she sings along with his cds and comments on what she would do if she was 40yrs younger!
  5. by   godsgurl
    Thanks..I promise I am not trying to get my hw done for free. I sailed through the first 20 questions on the hw but struggled with these.. You have given me ideas where to go with this thanks so much. Sometimes I think its the way a question is pharased. My teacher loves to phase questions on test as hard as she last test we had more than half the class failed. Just so you don't think I am a complete dummy asking for help with hw, I got a 100 on that test. Its funny some things really seem easy for me but sometimes I struggle terribily. again thanks for your help.
  6. by   Daytonite
    yes, i think your question #2 is referring to social activities that are designed for the residents in ltc facilities. in the facilities where i worked they did so many different things. they had people who brought in animals and went from room to room with them. you could see the faces of many of the residents just light up when one of these dogs or cats was brought in to them. some of us bought milk bones so the residents could give the dogs a treat on those days. they had singers come and perform. i'd be willing to bet that more than one nursing home had young trick-or-treaters visiting the other day as well as a halloween party for the residents as well. we had a birthday party every month for all the residents whose birthday was that month. we had bingo with volunteers who assisted those who either couldn't place the bingo markers on their cards or in some other way, either physically or cognitively, couldn't play the game like you or i can. one home had a daily exercise class that was an absolute fun thing to watch or help with. patients were brought into the dining room after all the tables were moved to the sides of the room. they were placed in recliners or their wheelchairs and assisted by aides or volunteers and exercised to music while led by the activities lady. one facility had a special satellite radio hookup for the patients to receive old radio programs that included old comedies, big band music and news programs that were specifically aimed at the geriatric and elderly population. there was also a reminiscent group that got together once a week to do a kind of show and tell. they were encouraged to bring mementos of their past and talk about them with the group. i will never forget one young aide who was absolutely flabbergasted to see a dial phone. she had never heard of a phone like it. made me feel old for the first time in my life! i worked in a jewish home that carried out all the religious practices including things like weekly temple services and seder dinner during passover. all residents were assisted to attend if they wished. the kitchen was a kosher kitchen and kosher meals were served to all residents. god, the aroma of food cooking that came out of the kitchen was absolutely wonderful! we had dairy and meat refrigerators at two different areas on the unit to accommodate food brought in by relatives and to keep kosher food laws.

    with regard to assessing socialization, you might find this information on the website i gave you the link to below. i used to take my mother to a daily lunch program for the elderly in town and it was very interesting to watch the interactions going on. some elderly as they develop sensory deficits (problems with hearing, sight and touch) seem to become less aware to things going on around them. they seem to withdraw into their own immediate environment and pay less attention to others. my mother would use the electric scooters in the supermarket and knock displays down as she cut corners too sharply and nearly run into people. her reply was often, "oh, they'll be ok. i didn't hurt anything." that wouldn't have been her response 20 years ago. my shopping experience with her was constantly running after her as she went speeding down the aisles doing damage control and preventing potential disasters.

    with regard to cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic factors i have noticed something quite astounding here in arcadia, california. there is an increasing presence of asians as many young asian professionals are moving their elderly parents into homes here. a number of asian adult day care centers have cropped up where these elderly, many that cannot speak any english, can go to socialize with others of their own age and culture and get a hot ethnic prepared meal. if they were not in an asian dominated community, these kinds of services wouldn't be available to them. without transportation they would be confined to their homes. doctors, nurses and other professionals who can speak with them in their native tongues are also available to see them at these centers. their children often are the source of their financing since they do not qualify for social security or medicare.

    hope these have given you a few more ideas. here is a website of geriatrics. you might want to look around on it for some of the answers you are looking for. - the university of iowa geriatric education center home page. click on the links you might be interested in.