Aim: The current study was undertaken to plan and to implement nursing care of a case with down syndrome through nursing model based on activities of living. Method: First, a questionnaire form of 40 questions that included child’s and his/her family’s socio-demographic data was prepared. Then, in light of the relevant literature, a survey form of 123 questions that addressed existing or possible problems of individuals with down syndrome by considering their physical, mental, social and psychological characteristics was prepared by the researcher in order to collect data for each activity. Results: Our case was a girl of 8 years old with down syndrome. Her nursing care was planned and implemented in line with nursing model based on activities of living by making the girl and her mother participating in the process. In line with the data collected with nursing model based on activities of living; existing nursing diagnoses were constipation, self-care deficit, urinary incontinence due to uncontrolled leakage, violence risk against herself and others and social isolation. Nursing interventions were planned and implemented for the detected nursing diagnoses. Problems related to constipation and self-care deficit were eliminated with nursing interventions. Although there was a decline in social isolation, urinary incontinence due to uncontrolled leakage and violence risk against herself and others; these were not terminated completely. Conclusion: In data collection, optimum benefit was gained from the implementation of the model during detection of child’s needs and her care process for these detected needs.
Keywords: Down Syndrome, Activities of Living, Nursing Care