Assessment allows health professionals to gain insight into individual needs and thus provide person centred care older people often have complex health needs requiring a multidimensional and multidisciplinary approach so conducting assessments is a highly skilled activity future articles in this series will explore assessment in the physical functional psychological social and spiritual domains the idea being to use them as building blocks towards a comprehensive assessment . Health assessment of older adults can be done on several levels ranging from simple screenings to complex in depth evaluations to perform assessments accurately nurses and other health care providers who gather information regarding older adults must possess the necessary knowledge and skill to perform the assessments correctly they must know how to use diagnostic tools and equipment safely furthermore they must be knowledgeable and sensitive to the unique needs and characteristics of . Evaluation of older adults usually differs from a standard medical evaluation for older patients especially those who are very old or frail history taking and physical examination may have to be done at different times and physical examination may require 2 sessions because patients become fatigued. Assessment of older adults name institution assessment of older adults more than often older adults participate in different physical activities as a way of keeping both physical and health fitness level nevertheless as they grow older they experience changes in their body physique especially as their muscular strength and flexibility of the bones decreases as they become exposed to
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