People In The Patient’s Life

Identify people in the patient’s life you would need to speak to or get feedback from to further assess the patient’s situation. Include specific questions you might ask these people and why.

I would ask specific questions and would take specific feedback from patient’s son. The case reveal that patient has a son who visits him often but does not live with her. Patient is 70-year-old, is elderly and has hearing issues. Asking the following questions from her son would be helpful to understand her problem in detail

  1. Other than your father’s death, has anything tragic happened in your mother’s life?
  2. Have you notices anything notable in your mother’s behavior over the past six months?
  3. Do you think your mother hearing and sadness problems are interrelated?
  4. Why you do not keep your mother with yourself?
  5. Does your mother ever insist to take her with you?

The above mentioned questions would provide useful insight to evaluate the health condition, past life condition and social life of the patient. I would indicate when the patient’s problem started.

Patient is an elderly and wants support from her love one still her son does not live with him. The other person caring for patient is her aide and I would also ask from questions from her to access patient’s condition and underlying problems more accurately.

  1. Since when you have been caring for the patient?
  2. How does the patient behaves with you?
  3. Have you noticed any changes in patient’s behavior over the past few months?
  4. What do you think might be the cause of her sleeping and sadness issues?

These questions would help analyze the relationship between patient and her aide. Patient is taken care by her aide. At this point we do not know the behavior of her aide. These questions are important to access if aide is caring for her in the right manner or she is not taking care of the patient.