In this paper I will be discussing a patient who at 49 years of age became incapacitated by a left sided cerebrovascular accident (CVA) following a motor vehicle accident. To keep her identity completely confidential, I will be referring to her as Mary. I will not refer to any medical staff or buildings by name for this same reason. Mary had two seizures while in hospital recovering from the motor vehicle accident (MVA). Mary's recovery was progressing normally but was compromised by a
Prior to the MVA and
The cerebrovascular accident has left Mary unable to perform any activities of daily living so has been forced to reside in a nursing home. Mary is surrounded by elderly patients primarily affected by dementia, leaving her susceptible to other possible problems such as depressive episodes, (although she is on medication for depression), boredom, or possible withdrawal just to name a few (Newcombe, 2005).
This paper will discuss how the nursing staff uses the nursing process to encourage Mary to be involved in activities and her surroundings and how they try to cater for a much younger patient living in the nursing home (Seaback, 2001). I will address areas such as medical and pharmacological management, mobility, and some of the other needs...