Communication is not considered successful until the cycle is complete; with this in mind consider the following scenario:
An 82 year old woman with moderate dementia and a hearing implement is brought to the surgeon’s office for a follow-up appointment after hip replacement surgery. The woman’s daughter accompanies her. The goal of the appointment is to make certain the hip is healing nicely and to discuss precautions before the patient returns to her assisted living apartment. Almost immediately, the conversation is directed toward the daughter because it is so much easier to explain to her what should be done. (Answer all of the following questions completely.)
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