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Special considerations for resident interviews

The geriatric population requires a different approach when it comes to interviewing. There are physical and cognitive considerations and social and cultural differences that must be taken into account when embarking on the geriatric resident interview.

A resident’s ability to hear, speak, and see are just a few of the physical functions that staff members need to consider when interviewing a resident. Also, keep in mind that language barriers and residents’ surroundings play a part in the success of an interview. Prior to an interview, assess the following:

  • Hearing ability
  • Aphasia
  • Vision
  • Comprehension

This information was adapted from HCPro’s handbook, Interviewing Essentials for MDS 3.0 and QIS.