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Caregiving is a duty that should be appreciated as it involves ones sacrifice to provide help to someone who is not able to accomplish their daily activities either due to physical disability or mental disability
Cognitive impairment can be defined as a condition or disorder in which a person experiences difficulty in basic functions of the brain such as concentrations, memory, perception, and reasoning skills. Cognitive impairment is caused by a variety of diseases which include stroke, head injury, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’ disease, HIV/AIDS associated dementia or brain tumor (Quinlan, 2011). People with cognitive impairment can be termed as disabled and in many cases; they require a lot special attention and care from their families and friend. Although each of the disorders named are different, people taking care of these patient have similar experience in their work.
Nursing will always involves interacting with people with various illnesses including those who have cognitive impairment. Therefore caregiving is an integral part of the duties of nurses and in that case nurses should always have enough knowledge on caregiving to people diagnosed with various ailments.
Interpersonal approach to shared decision making plays very important roles, and among them includes identifying the best options and helping the patients chose their preferences thus giving them the power to manage their treatment plan. Secondly, they increase services and help mobilize health care providers to ensure that people with cognitive impairment and other ailments and their families participate in value based decision making on caregiving to the patient.
The first step in caregiving to cognitive impaired person is by accepting them as sick persons rather than a burden at home or in the society (Miller, 2009). This is because cognitive impairment is a...