Frailty can impact an older adult’s ability to recover from an acute illness, injury and other stresses on the body

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Frailty can impact an older adult’s ability to recover from an acute illness, injury and other stresses on the body.  Incorporating physical therapy and physical activity into a patient’s daily regimen, adjusting daily nutritional requirements, advising of necessary home modifications and conducting a comprehensive geriatric assessment are all interventions that can be ordered by providers in order to help prevent complications that can occur with concerns of frailty.  Older adults are more inclined to sustaining fractures due to age-related loss of muscle mass.  Physical activity and physical therapy that is age-appropriate can be very beneficial for older adults as it helps with maintaining the current muscle mass of the elderly person and they both synergistically work to reduce the risk for falls and injuries in this patient population (Cacchione, 2020).Young adults should be educated on all contraceptive options that are available so that they can decide which option will suit them best.  It is best for the individual to make their own choice on contraceptive options after being educated on all options because naturally an individual would be more likely to stay compliant with their own choice/option as opposed to one that is selected for them.  The provider’s duty to the patient is to provide accurate information to their patients and answer questions and concerns that they may have, along with remaining nonjudgmental during their interactions during the teaching sessions with the patient (Chilton, 2017).  Personally, I do not hold any convictions and judgements with regards to options that persons choose because I am a staunch believer in that we are not here to judge others.  Patients have the right to make their own personal choices as they will be living through and with the choices that they make.  As a provider, I will remain neutral with regards to patient interactions and teaching sessions on all subject matters; trust is very hard to earn and as a provider, it is imperative to gain and keep the trust of clients so that they can be cared for effectively and efficiently.A smoking cessation plan should entail the following: developing a plan with a set “quit” date; researching and selecting a nicotine replacement and other aids to help quit the habit; the individual should be able to identify and be aware of their nicotine triggers and cravings; the individual should be able to quit in the manner in which they choose to do so; and the patient should also continuously speak with their provider regarding any concerns and obstacles they may face along the way while going through the process of quitting smoking.  A great support system can aid in the person’s efforts to quit smoking (Smith, 2015).Poverty is hard on every population and can be even more so on the elderly.  Elderly adults will not be as physically healthy and/or may not have full and intact mental faculties as they once had when they were younger.   A disposition such as poverty can only make life much harder for the elderly person living in and going through this situation.  An elderly person who is on medications and needs to be monitored frequently in terms of medical management, may run into issues regarding their health if they are living in poverty.  The elderly person may also be severely depressed due to their disposition which is also of great concern as mental health conditions can be even more debilitating and wearing on the person than other physiological health conditions. Community healthcare professionals can work with political figures collectively to establish programs and resources that can help elderly constituents who are of lower socioeconomic statuses.  Community healthcare professionals know the specific needs of their patient population and they can communicate these needs directly to political figures so that resolutions to concerns can be achieved (Chilton, 2017).

ReferencesCacchione, P. Z. (2020).  Innovative care models across settings: Providing nursing care to older adults.  Geriatric Nursing, 41(1), 16-20. doi:10.1016/j.gerinurse.2020.01.011Chilton, S. (2017).  Nursing in a community environment.  A Textbook of Community Nursing, 1-24. doi:10.1201/9781315157207-1Smith, K. (2015).  NHS Quit Smoking.  Nursing Standard, 29(32), 29-29. doi:10.7748/ns.29.32.29.s34