Self Care Deficit Nursing Care Plan

Self Care Deficit Nursing Care Plan with Heart in Hand on a pink background

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  1. Causes
  2. Symptoms
  3. Risk Factors
  4. Nursing Assessment
  5. Labs
  6. Nursing Interventions
  7. Goals and Outcomes

Self-care deficit is a condition where an individual has difficulty performing self-care activities, such as dressing, grooming, bathing, feeding, and toileting, due to physical or cognitive impairment.

Self Care Deficit Causes

Self-care deficit can result from various factors, including: 

  • Neurologic or musculoskeletal disorders
  • Chronic illness
  • Age-related changes
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Physical disability

Self Care Deficit Symptoms

The symptoms of self-care deficit include: 

  • Decreased independence
  • Difficulty performing self-care activities
  • Decreased quality of life

Subjective Data (Client may report)

  • Difficulty with activities of daily living, such as:
    • Bathing
    • Dressing
    • Grooming
    • Feeding

Objective Data

  • Decreased range of motion
  • Impaired mobility
  • Decreased strength
  • Reduced ability to perform self-care activities

Self Care Deficit Risk Factors

  • Chronic illness
  • Aging
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Physical disability

Self Care Deficit Nursing Assessment

The nursing assessment should include a comprehensive evaluation of the client’s physical and cognitive abilities, functional status, and environmental factors affecting self-care.

Cardiac Function

Assess the client’s cardiac function by monitoring vital signs, performing a cardiac assessment, and evaluating any cardiac medications.

Respiratory Function

Assess the client’s respiratory function by monitoring respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, lung sounds, and respiratory effort.

Neurologic Function

Assess the client’s neurologic function by evaluating the client’s mental status, cognitive function, and motor function.

Sensory Function

Assess the client’s sensory function, including vision and hearing, to identify any deficits that may affect self-care.

Self Care Deficit Labs

Evaluate and report any abnormal lab values, such as electrolyte imbalances, anemia, or abnormal glucose levels.

Nursing Interventions for Self Care Deficit

  • Assist with activities of daily living.
  • Provide adaptive equipment.
  • Promote independence.
  • Educate the client and family members about self-care techniques.

Self Care Deficit Goals and Outcomes

The overall goal of nursing care for self-care deficit is to improve the client’s ability to perform self-care activities, increase independence, and promote quality of life. 

Outcomes may include: 

  • Improved mobility
  • Increased strength
  • Improved functional status
  • Increased ability to perform self-care activities