“Elder” Centered Care: Flipping the concept map

This clinical activity is used to teach students to create an elder centered plan of care.

In preparing to understand more about elders the student will review the following learning modules (Knowledge)

produced by UMMS (University of Massachusetts Medical School) Senior Patient Navigator Program ©.

href=”http://www.umassmed.edu/uploadedFiles/AGE/Navigator/Navigator%202013-Mod%20I.pdf”>Module I: Communicating with Older Adults

href=”http://www.umassmed.edu/uploadedFiles/AGE/Navigator/Navigator%202013-Mod%20II.pdf”>Module II: Geriatric Prescribing

href=”http://www.umassmed.edu/uploadedFiles/AGE/Navigator/Navigator%202013-Mod%20III.pdf”>Module III: Geriatric Specialty-Specific Considerations


Module IV: End-of-Life Care and Considerations

Quality Improvement

Students will identify an elderly client (see criteria below) while at clinical.  They will identify the aged related changes and the body system changes that occur (Knowledge, Skills).

Older than 65 years
Has a recurrent hospitalization due to chronic illness
Poly-pharmacy or medication reconciliation concerns
End of life care
Dementia/Delirium/Alzheimer’s disease

Client information that is gathered will help the student to prepare a case study presentation (Knowledge, Skills).

The students identify the role of the nurse and hospital team in providing elder specific care, valuing what the team identifies as specific and specialized needs for elderly clients within the acute care environment. (Attitudes)

Utilizing a standard concept map format the student will create a geriatric focused plan of care including patient centered interventions and present their case to the clinical group in post conference (Knowledge, Skills).

Patient Centered Care

Students will gain knowledge, understanding, and value their client by learning the preferences and expressed needs of their elder, family, and community. (Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes).

Students will discuss in their presentation and paper how they provided elder specific nursing care, interventions, and goals, which promoted a more patient-centered environment (Knowledge, Skills).