Risk for loneliness
related to inability to participate in usual activities, limited contact with significant others, and decreased exposure to events in the outside world associated with prolonged immobility.
|The client will not experience a sense of isolation and loneliness as evidenced by:|
- maintenance of relationships with significant others
- no expression of feelings of isolation and loneliness.
|Nursing Actions and Selected Purposes/Rationales|
- Assess for indications of isolation and loneliness (e.g. absence of supportive significant others; uncommunicative and withdrawn; expression of feelings of rejection or being lonely; sad, dull affect).
- Implement measures to decrease isolation and reduce the risk for loneliness:
- assist client to identify reasons for feeling isolated and alone; aid him/her in developing a plan of action to reduce these feelings
- encourage significant others to visit
- encourage client to maintain telephone contact with others
- schedule time each day to sit and talk with client
- make objects such as clock, TV, radio, newspapers, and greeting cards accessible to client
- have significant others bring client's favorite objects from home and place in room
- move client periodically to a more stimulating environment (e.g. hall, lounge, garden) when condition allows
- change room assignments as feasible to provide client with roommate with similar interests.