Why health assessment of older adults is important health assessments allow caretakers and healthcare providers to evaluate the overall health and well being of their charges with the overall goal of encouraging and promoting independent function and general wellness. Health assessment of older adults can be done on several levels ranging from simple screenings to complex in depth evaluations to perform assessments accurately nurses and other health care providers who gather information regarding older adults must possess the necessary knowledge and skill to perform the assessments correctly. O list the essential components of the comprehensive health assessment of an older adult o describe the purpose of the inclusion of functional assessment when caring for an older adult o discuss the various tools used in screening the older adult. The health assessment is done on admission to the facility and is ongoing during the duration of the stay the initial assessment can be done by any licensed professional in the long term facility and is the basis for the nursing diagnoses and plan of care. Assessing the functional ability of older adults functional assessment of the older adult functional assessment o expanding population of older adults o care given home hospital offices nursing homes other settings o goal of functional assessmento 1 identify strengths limitations o 2
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