Knowing how to handle the elderly can be tricky when you are working in the medical field. While there are horror stories and humorous anecdotes all over the web on the matter the fact remains that it can either be very pleasant or very difficult depending on the individual. Some elderly people can be very pleasant and congenial and are more than willing to cooperate while others can be downright nasty and rude, but it is your job as a doctor, nurse, healthcare professional, whatever you call yourself to be able to have the patience and the wisdom to handle these cases.
If you are a nurse that has recently been assigned the responsibility of looking after someone who is elderly then you need to follow a few rules in order to make everyone’s life a little easier. For starters, you need to introduce yourself and try to see if you can establish some common ground with the patient. It doesn’t matter if you are strangers, he or she will come to depend on your so building that trust is key. You also need to be respectful. An elderly person knows when someone is being condescending. You also need to be able to give them their space every now and again. If they are scheduled for a walk but are too busy looking up Texas electricity providers, consider letting them finish up first. The walk will still be there, even if it’s two or three minutes late.
If you can treat an elderly person with the kind of respect and understanding you yourself would want, you should have an easy time of it.
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