Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Scenario: Abuse • Mr. CO is a 75, year old male. He was admitted to your unit with Pulmonary Fibrosis. As you are walking towards his room to administer medications you hear his son say to him in a nasty tone of voice: “Stop being so stubborn. I need you to give me access to your bank accounts. You’re going to die alone unless you start cooperating”. As you enter he room, the son leaves quickly and you notice the patient has tears in his eyes. You ask “Is everything okay?” Mr. CO shakes his head yes, but remains nonverbal and does not make eye contact. You administer his medications and leave the room.

•What types of elder abuse did you notice in the scenario? (give examples and explain) •What signs, (in the scenario) if any suggest that the nurse should ask some follow up questions? •As a nurse in this scenario what is your next action? •How can older adults protect themselves from ever becoming victims of abuse or mistreatment?

 

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In this scenario Mr. CO is experiencing financial and emotional abuse through domestic mistreatment by his son. Mr. CO is experiencing financial abuse as his son is demanding access to his father’s bank account. Financial abuse can be described when one take’s advantage of an elderly for their money and/or benefit. Mr. CO is experiencing emotional abuse due to the comments made by his son. His son stated, “Stop being so stubborn,” and, “You’re going to die alone unless you start cooperating,” causing Mr. CO to tear up. Comments like these can be emotionally harming, the tone and choice of words used could make the victim feel embarrassed, threatened, or guilty. Emotional abuse is when one uses another person’s emotions to manipulate them.

When the nurse asked Mr. CO if he was okay and he had no eye contact or didn’t speak, but said yes, the nurse should know something is bothering the patient. After hearing the way the patient’s son spoke to him, I would offer to sit in the room and ask, “How is your day?,” or, “Has there been something on your mind that you’d like to talk about?”. If my patient doesn’t want to speak I’d just sit with him to keep him company, if that’s alright with them. If my patient wants to talk, especially about the abuse, I would ask follow-up questions such as, “Is there anything else your son does or says that upsets you?,” or, “How long has this type of behavior from your son begun to occur?”. Based on my patient’s responses I would gear my questions relating to his answers. I would continue to follow-up and ask if there was anything I could do to help protect Mr. CO, such as obtaining resources, getting help, reporting a case, or setting up an advanced medical directive, living will, or to assign a general power of attorney.

A way older adult can protect themselves from being victims of abuse or maltreatment is to report their concerns and any physical evidence. Also, since elder abuse suspects have mainly been close relatives the older adults can set up a living will or an advanced medical directive beforehand to ensure their wishes regarding medical treatment are met.

 

Movie Review (Bucket List) • Give a summary of the movie • How was the older person and aging portrayed? • Would you want the life that the movie projected of the older adult? • What were your overall feelings after watching the movie?

Movies: • Group 1: The Notebook • Group 2: The Bucket List • Group 3: UP • Group 4: The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons • Group 5: The Intern

 

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The Bucket List is the story of two older adult cancer patients who were at crossroads in their lives. One is corporate billionaire, Edward Cole, played by Jack Nicholson and the other is working class mechanic, Carter Chambers, played by Morgan Freeman. They share a hospital room and discover they share a desire to spend the time they have left doing everything they ever wanted to do before they “kick the bucket” and an unrealized need to come to terms with who they are. Together they embark on the road trip of a lifetime, becoming friends along the way and learning to live life to the fullest. Each adventure adds another check to their list, all done with insight and humor.

They were portrayed has having come to terms to with who they are and the reality of their situation and chose to live out their dreams and garner as much happiness from the time they have left. They are depicted as going against the stereotypes of aging that is present in our society today. The movie shows that a person is never too old to do what makes them happy in life.

My overall feelings are that I should live everyday like it’s my last regardless of what people think. Why do we wait until something tragic happens in our lives or till we come to the end of our lives before we realize we haven’t actually done the things that make us happy but have been focused on things that get us through life? While reality makes it hard to live everyday like it’s your last, there has to be a better balance between getting through life and living everyday like it’s your last.