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Geriatric Nursing

Senior Project
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Laura Laratta

on 22 January 2014

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Transcript of Geriatric Nursing

21st Century Senior Project
Geriatric Nursing
Laura Laratta

The 3 phases of Project Heart
I decided that I would look at three phases of elderly care. Home health care, Nursing home, and Senior Appreciation.

Home health care involved observing an elderly lady. After several hospitalizations, she was able to return to her home setting. There, she received daily care from a CNA, who oversaw her medical care. More importantly, she kept her active, gave her companionship, and made her feel important.

I visited St. Barbara's Nursing Home. Monthly, I made small gifts for each resident. Quarterly, I made larger gifts, which included filling the recreational box, personal care items, and visiting. I am particularly proud of flowers that were placed in each room. My goal was to brighten this hospital setting at the end of winter.
Senior Appreciation
My third phase was to address those homebound who did not have serious medical problems. They were just elderly people who were homebound. Each month, I designed a greeting card that I mailed to them. My purpose was to let them know that someone cared. I have done this for the last year and a half. I am amazed at how many people appreciated these little cards.

I intend to continue these activities long after graduation. My project has made me realize the importance of those who need just a little of our time.
Love, Happiness, and Joy
Love knows no boundaries.
Smiles are contagious!
Conclusion
William Wordsworth once said, "Come grow old with me. The best is yet to be."

In an ideal world, this would be a reality. Unfortunately, for many seniors, growing old is a time of loneliness and lost dreams.
"Come grow olde with me. The best is yet to be." William Wordsworth
HEARTS
I asked my pre-school teacher if I could write a short story to let the young children know an older person loves them.
I wrote a story about a little girl named Lilly. In my story, I talked about Lilly and her grandma. My intent was to show no matter how much hair or teeth an older person had, their love was the most important.
HEARTS : Presentation
I read my story to the pre-schoolers. I hope that they will not be afraid of any older person that maybe a little different.


Suggestions
It is important to be proactive in addressing loneliness.
It is important to think innovatively when addressing loneliness.
One needs to develop a sense of empathy.
The elderly do not need to be feared or abandoned.
So little, can make such a difference in the life of someone who needs it.
Spend time caring, it will make you feel fabulous.
Addressing the needs of our Elderly
With a rapidly aging population, many seniors are outliving friends and family.
Recent studies have indicated that loneliness is a significant problem in the physical health of the elderly.
In a recent research project, conducted by Laurie A. Theeke, in North Central West Virginia, loneliness may be linked to multiple chronic illnesses, which includes hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and in women, coronary heart disease. With these startling facts, I designed my senior project to address the loneliness factor.
Upon observing my elderly lady, I realized that some young children can be frightened by an older person of the physical changes. I decided to address this in my project.
Additions
Wishing
Empathy is needed.
Love is wanted.
Benefits are life changing. No soul should be forgotten.
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