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Care of an Older Adult Experiencing Hospitalization (VRE)

Contributed on October 30, 2023, last updated November 28, 2023.



Erica Cambly, RN, MN


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The patient, 79 years old, was hospitalized with a fractured right hip. They underwent surgery two days ago. The patient has a history of hypertension, cognitive impairment and myopia (wears glasses). Although they were diagnosed with mild dementia six months ago, they are able to manage well at home, where the patient resides with their partner. At the beginning of her shift, the day nurse reviews the patient’s history and goes to her beside to check on her general condition and plan future interventions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Utilize therapeutic communication techniques when assessing and providing care to a hospitalized older adult.
  2. Incorporate best practices into care of a hospitalized older adult.
  3. Identify priority health assessments for a hospitalized older adult.
  4. Prioritize and implement interventions based on assessment findings.

Simulation Modality:

Extended reality (virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality)




Erica Cambly, RN, MN. Care of an Older Adult Experiencing Hospitalization (VRE). Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2023. Available from

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Undergraduate / post-secondary

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