When caring for a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, which of the following is the most important?

Assess the patient’s abilities regularly.

Explanation

• Alzheimer’s disease progresses from a subtle deterioration in memory to severe complications

• The most important nursing responsibility is a regular assessment of the patient’s cognition and abilities in order to assess their safety risk

• Incorrect: A behavior modification program would be ineffective to use with a patient who has memory loss

• Incorrect: A bowel training program is not indicated

• Incorrect: Speaking loudly will not help a patient with Alzheimer's unless they are hearing impaired

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