Hospice ADLs: My Adventures of Daily Learning.92
That was the first official “hospice type” question I learned when I was a hospice chaplain.
Are they alert and oriented times 1, times 2, times 3, or times 4?
Ah, it gets more complicated! Here, as I understand it, are the key questions for determining if a patient is alert and oriented:
- Who are you?
- Where are you?
- What time is it?
- What just happened?
These are very basic, and very essential questions, to help discern the current mental status of a patient. Ideally, we all “know” these four answers. I am Larry. I am in Fresno, California. It is about 5:30 in the morning (or it’s an early Thursday morning if you’d prefer me to be general). And, finally, not all that much is happening in my (see #1) home (see #2) at this pre-dawn hour (see #3), other than I just heard our kitty Liam (#4) thunder down the hallway, likely headed toward the back of the house to bother my wife. Continue reading