Your role is to take a relevant history to enquire about the circumstances surrounding Mrs Cloverdale's recent falls and reasons why she is reluctant to leave her home.
You should then perform a physical assessment and order relevant investigations to help determine the reason for her falls.
Consider how will you ask Mrs Cloverdale about her falls? You need to ascertain all relevant information, but be respectful of her feelings. She may be feeling embarrassed or self-conscious.
Please click on the questions below to obtain Mrs Cloverdaleís answer.
No, but I feel well enough. I donít understand what all the fuss is about. Sure, I havenít been out much lately, because the weather has just been so changeable and occasionally Iím a little tired. When my arthritis flares up, it makes it difficult for me to sleep.
Yes, I am very grateful to my neighbour, Veronica. She stops in every day to chat and see if there is anything I need. Iíve been telling her I havenít been going out because Iím tired, although between you and me, itís also because my muscles have been feeling weak and I just havenít been up to the walk to church or all the bending at bowls.
Oh well, yes, I did have a little fall last week, but it was nothing. I just wasnít paying attention where I was going and down I went. My legs just ďgave outĒ on me as I was walking from the living room to the kitchen. I had been sitting watching the cricket on the television for some time before then, maybe I was distracted by the score!
No, I just felt a bit shaky, because it was a bit of a shock.