Moving Modern Geriatrics to Take Advantage of Nurse, Family and Patient Intuitions

As our strategic plan moves forward in the health area, we are given a useful reminder in the New York Times of the value of instinct in alerting people to potential medical crises.  The Times article focus on the instincts of nurses, and is fascinating.  I have done a blog that asks if we can also take value from the intuitions of the family and the patient themselves

I suspect that we could “train” patients and families to be much more mindful about patient monitoring, including how to trust their instincts and how to communicate their feelings to the medical personal.  This, of course, should be accompanied by training of medical staff on how to take the most advantage of, and how to solicit such communications.  It is not hard to construct model ways of doing so.

I suspect that when things work, that is very much happening in our long term care facility already.  Nurses and care staff know the patients, and communicate with them regularly.  It makes such sense to empower them to raise their concerns, to train and encourage family and resident to do so too, and finally to ensure that all medical personnel not only listen to, but affirmatively seek such help as part of an inclusive team.

I am sure that this will fit in well with our general themes of community cultural change and inter-generational initiatives, as well as the specifics of modern geriatric medicine.



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  1. Again Richard – multo thanks for all you both do to maintain and enhance the ‘quality of life’ issues characteristic of a community like ours. At 87 I feel very fortunate to be in good health and spirits – perhaps a result of the many early illnesses I experienced growing up in Iraq and Egypt – and appreciate all that you do in this regard in addition to the many health issues you personally face – ie the blog below.. And I do recognize all that you go through to maintain your own well bring – those trips up to Baltimore etc and etc. My long ago – over 40 years – confrontation with cancer reminds me of what it took to get through it all and good fortune that I did. I also wonder if you much ‘enjoy’ watching the frogs jump around in the pond below looking for prey.

    Jeanne Barnett


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