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When offering A.M. care, one of the older patients who is currently suffering from cognitive changes telling a nursing assistant he do not wish to pick out what he is going to wear. The reason is it will take too long. He wants the nursing assistant to pick for him instead. The best response from the nursing assistant would be:

A “I’m in no hurry. Would you like me to help you pick something out?”

Keeping the patient active and engaged is very important. It is better if patients pick out clothing because this gives them some control over their situation. However, they are still growing in their comfort level, so the best course of action is offering to help. The other options do not promote emotional support and do not help the patient build confidence. It is necessary to provide both an emotionally supportive response and help keep the patient feel as independent as possible.