Frail Elderly Syndrome Nursing Diagnosis & Care Plan


Nursing Diagnosis Frail Elderly Syndrome


Frail Elderly Syndrome is defined as a dynamic state of unstable equilibrium that affects the older individual experiencing deterioration in one or more domain of health (physical, functional, psychological, or social) and leads to increased susceptibility to adverse health effects, in particular disability.

Nanda Nursing Diagnosis Classification for Frail Elderly Syndrome

Domain 1. Health Promotion => Class 2. Health Management => Frail elderly syndrome

Defining Characteristics of Frail Elderly Syndrome

  • Activity intolerance
  • Bathing self-care deficit
  • Decreased cardiac output
  • Dressing self-care deficit
  • Fatigue
  • Feeding self-care deficit
  • Hopelessness
  • Imbalanced nutrition: less than body requirements
  • Impaired memory
  • Impaired physical mobility
  • Impaired walking
  • Social isolation
  • Toileting self-care deficit

Related Factors for Frail Elderly Syndrome

  • Alteration in cognitive functioning
  • Chronic illness
  • History of falls
  • Living alone
  • Malnutrition
  • Prolonged hospitalization
  • Psychiatric disorder
  • Sarcopenia
  • Sarcopenic obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle

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