Caring for Person with Cognitive Impairment
Caregivers provide assistance to individual members of society who may be disabled, visually impaired on genetically ill. Assistance is provided by performing myriad of activities and operations that range from honoring doctor appointments, giving medications to helping one eat or take bath. Most families are faced with the task of caring for adults with cognitive impairment.
Cognitive impaired persons have difficulty with basic functions of their brains like perception and restoration of skills. Caregivers experience have established on how interactions with an adult with cognitive impairment can be quite challenging. For instance, a recent situation where an adult had difficulty in remembering past activities, this was so frustrating. Moreover, frustrations and behavioral problems impeded caring and interactions during the encounter because communication was a problem, the client lacked motivation, had poor judgment and was constantly wandering.
It is important to anticipate such problems and when planning care service, for instance, there is need to maintain patience, showing compassion during the process and showing sense of humor to the client. To effectively provide care services to adults with cognitive impairment, it is important to lay foundation by researching background information of the client, get medical assessment and diagnosis. Consequently, it is advised that a caregiver should list specific need of the patient so as to aid in planning for services. The entire process should be guided by nursing ethical principles of beneficence, harmless, respect for autonomy and ensuring truthfulness and administered justice. Legally, it is appropriate that caregivers seek consent from patients or family members to create awareness of the intended actions. Moreover, it is important to ensure that privacy rights of a patient are observed by keeping their personal information confidential.