1. You are a nurse caring for an 87-year-old retired teacher who underwent hip replacement surgery 2 weeks ago and has transferred to your rehabilitation unit for physical therapy and nursing care until she is physically able to return home. Before her surgery, she lived alone, maintained an immaculately clean house, and was very socially active, with several events scheduled throughout her week. She traveled extensively but limited her personal driving to daylight hours. Upon admission to your rehab unit, the patient wonders aloud how she’ll return to her former lifestyle and who will help her.
1. What data can you gather based on available patient information?
2. How should you assist the patient to facilitate maximal health?
3. What questions should you ask yourself when caring for this patient to help ensure quality of life?