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The person that had been consulted was an Indian male, Uncle Ken, aged 71 years. He was born in India, but moved to the United States since he was 18 years old. He was an accounting manager by profession, but retired at the age of 60. Uncle Ken was asked a series of questions regarding his past and present experiences regarding healthcare provision. This report, therefore, offers the consultant’s responses based on the questions asked.

 

CONSULTANT QUESTIONS:

Nutrition:

Ask your consultant to tell you about grocery stores during his childhood?  What did they buy and how much did it cost? Ask you consultant what he or she thinks about taking vitamins.  How about any other nutritional supplement?  What kind of milk does he or she drink? 

Uncle Ken lived back in the days when there weren’t any big super markets his town and most of the grocery stores available were outside markets. He usually walked to the market once every week and bought vegetables but rarely meat. “Compare to the current price of food, it was extremely cheap and all of the vegetables at that time were organic”. He believes in vitamin supplements and takes them on a regular basis. In his own, words he said, “I take omega 3, calcium, vitamin D, C, and E supplements every single day”. He is lactose intolerant so he only drinks almond milk. Although my consultant's adherence to a good diet and an effective exercise schedule is honorable, his all the vitamin supplements he is taking may not be necessary. Human beings do not always nutritional supplements as they grow older.  I believe that my consultant requires a proper examination from a qualified health worker in order to accurately determine which supplements he really needs.

Sexuality: 

Ask your consultant what dating was like when he or she was a teenager.  Where did they go?  What kinds of activities did they attend?  How old were they when they started dating?

The consultant says he spent a significant portion of his teenage years in India and that public dating was very hard at that time. “Dating publically was very difficult during that time and I left the country during my teenage years”. He says that he never dated anyone during the time that he was in India. He did however get married early, at the age of 24.

Teenage dating is often a highly risky affair, as it puts at least one parties involved at a high risk of experiencing severe emotional pain or contracting sexually transmitted illnesses.

Wellness and Health Promotion:

 Ask your consultant what kinds of things he or she does to stay healthy?  Do your consultants remember anyone talking about getting exercise when they were young? 

Uncle Ken is very strict about diet and exercise. He exercises almost every single day and adheres to a balanced diet. I can tell by his appearance and movements that he is more youthful and flexible in comparison to others in his age group. He says that he does not really remember hearing anyone talking about exercise when he was young. “When I was young everybody back in India walked long distances, so exercise was not a problem back then”.

Walking for long distances is a very important and efficient form of exercise as it builds strength and stamina; however, it can be a dangerous endeavor if not carried out with proper preparation, especially for the elderly. Individuals who walk for too long or without the proper equipment such as the right kind of clothing or shoes can put significant strain on the body and on the feet.

 

Social Isolation:

What kinds of social interaction opportunities does you consultant have?  How does your consultant keep up with friends?  Does your consultant have any long-term friends that they still contact?

Uncle Ken is currently the Deputy Mayor for his city, so he has a very active social life. He did not have any friends in India while he was teenager, but he has a large family. He does have quite a number of friends made while he was in Detroit and he does interact with them once in a while. He also communicates with the rest of family his back in India. According to my experiences, social interaction is a very dependable indicator for determining health among the elderly. Research studies have proven that members of the elderly who engage in social activities face lowered risks of mortality and morbidity. Social interaction also leads to significant reductions in long term and short term health complications.

The consultant’s responses have given me vital insight into his life, his daily routine, and health practices. Knowing this information would be crucial to my ability to provide health care recommendations that suit him.

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