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Question:

What would the most likely diagnoses be if your resident is unable to smell smoke, they increase their use of salt and sugar on foods, they ask for a magnifying glass to read and the volume to be turned up while they are watching television?

A They have sensory impairment
Explaination

This is usually a sign of sensory impairment if a resident loses or feels a reduction in the use of their taste, smell, hearing or sight senses.  Sensory overload and sensory stimulation are an increase to the resident’s senses and sensory depravation is when there is a deliberate reduction or elimination of stimuli to the senses.