What is sensory deprivation activity incorporating nurse aides role in addressing th ff sensory deficits: sensory, vision,auditory, taste and smell?
Can someone explain sensory deficits create a safety problem for the nursing home residents?
For ambulatory patients, lack of sensory clues while moving around their environment may increase the likelihood of falls or other injuries. In the case of an emergency, the anxiety inherent in the situation could make a fall or a major error in judgement (for example going through the woring door and ending up in a dangerous location like a stairwell or utility area) much more likely to occur.
Loss of senses, particularly hearing and/or vision, may contribute to a sense of isolation, resulting in slowed responses to stimulus, depression, and possibly dementia. Loss of sense of taste and/or smell leads to lack of appetite and possible dehydration or nutritional imbalance. This could then result in various other problems.
Lack of sensation can result in pressure sores, foot sores, or other skin or circulatory problems.