The Australia’s population is quite diverse and at present suffering from various palliative diseases. Therefore a proper palliative care needs has become a challenge to the present day hospitals so that the most efficient and effective system of providing medical help can be applied. Among the various challenges the age appropriate care is big challenge. This means that the patient should be dealt according to his age. That is the health care professional should care about the feelings of the young patient, suffering of the old patients etc. To gain depper understanding of the importance of age appropriate nursing care the following discussion has been established. These discussions emphasized on the patient care including his family while suffering from the palliative disease.
The age appropriateness is required to be understood carefully by the care givers so that the best support can be offered to the patient and his family. The young should be supported with emotional care while the old should be handled with patience.
Arbaje et al. (2014) made research in the patient care, cargiver’s support and the kind of delivery system that is followed in the hospitals to offer age appropriate nursing care for a patient and their family in a palliative context. This way various geriatrics principles were applied in the evaluation of the care transition activites. The research concentrated on the factors that made the transition process more complex and reviewed the working of the care givers and care recievers who were offered a recovery plan later on. Hence the assessment of the palliative approach for providing optimial results to the patient and family was applied. The outcome revealed that the age appropriate nursing was applied in the hospitals but lacked the efficiency of the nursing or care giver’s which were sometimes unable to understand the needs of the particular age group specially the old age (Arbaje et al., 2014).
Saleem et al. (2013) made research with the people in Hoehn and Yahr. It was found that 80% patience were suffering from pain and problem in mobility. The moods of the patient was also analysed which stated that 70% felt anxiety and 60% were depressed. Also 85% of the families were anxious or worried. This displays the stressful work environment in which the nurse has to support the young adult and family. The outcome revealed the correlation between the disease severity and the symptoms. The total Palliative outcome scale was 13.6 with standard deviation of 6.1 displayed that the burden of symptoms and concerns were effecting the outcome of the care givers. It is also found that the care givers gives their best shots but still sometimes could not meet up to the expectations of the family and patients (Saleem et al., 2013).
The age-appropriate palliative care is important in reflecting a palliative approach for the person and the family. The service providers, care takers, patients and families are required to be adjusted and deal in such a way that the stressful environment can be removed and higher level of satisfaction can be achieved. This requires the deployment of the different policy and plans so as to meet the changing requirements of different individuals coming in the hospital. An old age patient needs to be offered service with great patience. Due to age factors these patients actually lose their ability to withstand the changing conditions of life. Therefore they get easily stressed up. The result is that these patients tries to give out their stress on the nurse who are near them for service. The effect is that the nurse work in the stressful environment and may not offer the desired help to the patient. Therefore it is really important to help the nurse maintain their level of patience in case of old patients. However in the case of young patients the need of emotional support is very necessary to help the palliative care to work out well and give the best possible out. The service giver needs to take into consideration the various factors such as age appropriateness for the palliative care. It is therefore important for them to identify the various factors that could affect the mental stage and mind of the patient. The young patient is required to be given the treatment along with the emotional support. This way he or she can be able to maintain a motivation for life. The fall in emotion will result in no effects from the medicine
The identification and importance of various age appropriate palliative care includes the followings.
- Dealing with emotional issues especially of the young suffering from the palliative disease.
- Efficiently dealing with the patients with the multisystem disorders.
- Ready to deal with the patient with unpredictable future from the palliative disease.
- Application of the new and latest therapy on the patient so as to get better results.
- Adults to be avoided from severe drug applications unless until necessary.
- Dealing with the psychological problems of the family such as losing saved money of the family and unfinished business.
Bajwah et al. (2013) made 18 qualitative interviews with the patients, informal caregivers and other health professionals in London. It was found that the symptom of particular diseases causing breath shortness, cough and insomnia was creating anger, frustration and discontentment among the patients. This resulted in creating a messful work environment for the informal care givers. Therefore the need of psychological revoking is required for the care givers so that their knowledge and confidence can be improced and the health professionals could help in better management of the symptoms of various diseases (Bajwah et al., 2013).
The nurse is the key to all the palliative service in a hospital. An effective nurse can help the patient in quick recovery. The patient can be given mental and emotional support so that the medicines could work at the best. On the other hand, if the young patient is not given the support that his age requires than the result will be no benefit of the medicines. Also the stress level will increase which may lead to increase in chances of a mishappening.
A nurse has to apply the following duties.
- To support the patient suffering from palliative diseases to control the situation.
- To psychologically support the family spending money on the nursing facility.
- To convince the patient about their recovery that may come soon. This way a motivate level to be achieved to help the patient come out of the problems and symptoms.
- To make consistent efforts for improving the health of the young adult by offering latest and new medicine.
- To apply changes in the medication process best suggested by the doctor so that the patient’s improvement can be ascertained in the coming future.
Wong et al. (2014), made research using the database of MEDLINE, CINAHL and Embase for the purpose of estimating the incidence of patience with different departments of the hospital specifically suffering from palliative care needs. The research was made on 1427 patients, care givers and family members. It was found that the service providers and policy makers needs to develop enhanced policies and procedures to ensure clinical and service provisions to meet up to the expectations and requirements while dealing with palliative care (Wong et al., 2014).
In conclusion we can say that the responsibility of the health care professionals is very important in delivering the satisfied services to the patients. The service giver needs to take into consideration the various factors such as age appropriateness for the palliative care. It is therefore important for them to identify the various factors that could affect the mental stage and mind of the patient. The young patient is required to be given the treatment along with the emotional support. This way he or she can be able to maintain a motivation for life. The fall in emotion will result in no effects from the medicine. Therefore the health care professionals needs to deploy various other measures other than just supplying medicine. On the other hand the role of the family losing money and time needs to be given support and develop convincing among them so that they could resist the stress levels and maintain minimum support level for living life. Therefore the duty and responsibility of the health care professional is much more than actually observed.