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Elements of a comprehensive health assessment of a geriatric patient described in Physical Examination and Health Assessment includes the incorporation of, “the physical examination and assessments of mental status, functional status, social and economic status, pain, and examination of the physical environment for safety concerns (Jarvis, 2016, p. 831). Special considerations that the nurse should keep in mind while performing this assessment is recognizing that the assessment may take longer to perform and that some areas of assessment should be performed during daily activities such as grooming, meal times, and toileting. It is important for the nurse to understand that an individual with multiple health issues may experiences increased fatigue and this could also be a result of some mediations. The nurse should ensure that the older adult is using glasses and hearing aids and can provide written instructions when necessary. The nurse should also face the patient, use a low tone of voice, and speak slowly and clearly. The older adult should be included in the decision-making process which boosts their self-esteem and establishes rapport. The nurse should have a large enough space to assess mobility with assistive devices and stand close to the patient to prevent falls. The nurse can be provided with detailed information on how the adult functions as well as areas of concern by completing a comprehensive health assessment and physical exam (Grand Canyon University, 2012).


Grand Canyon University. (2012). NRS-434 Lecture 5. Retrieved from NSR-434VN Lecture 5

Jarvis, C. (2016). Functional Assessment of the Older Adult. In Physical Examination and Health Assessment (7 ed. (pp. 831-844). Retrieved from