FAMILY HEALTH ASSESSMENT 8
Oneof the most crucial objectives of the nursing profession is toexpedite family and community health. For practitioners to attainthis goal, they have to obtain assessment data this information isachieved by interacting with a particular family for a certainduration. Therefore, family health assessment ensures that care,which nurses provide remains client-centered at all times (Kaakinen,Coehlo, Steele, Tabacco & Hanson, 2014).Family health assessment plays a pivotal role in enabling familymembers to appreciate the importance of proper health care to theirwellbeing. Also, family health assessment enables nursingpractitioners to identify vital wellness nursing diagnoses that formthe basis for preparing relevant intervention strategies forimproving kin fitness. Thus, this paper presents a family healthassessment based on eleven components of a kin wellbeing assessmentprocess.
Thefamily has a father aged 52 years, a mother aged 41 years, and threechildren a 15-year-old boy, as well as two girls aged ten and eight.All family members are in good health except for the eight-year-oldgirl who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia 12 months ago. Thefather is a mechanical engineer who spends about ten hours at workwhile the mother is currently unemployed following a massretrenchment program at the company where she previously worked.
Valuesand Health Perception
Thefamily is a religious one. They value teachings of the Bible andregularly attend church services and annual religious conventions.The family believes that generosity is the most important virtue. Thefamily also believes that a healthy family is a productive one.
Thefamily strives to eat fresh wholesome food on a daily basis. Notably,the mother insists that the children should carry fruits when they goto school for consumption at break time instead of buying snacks andother junk foods. The family mostly takes brown bread in the morningas their preferred carbohydrate and milk as their preferred proteinsource. The mother’s role as the main cook has enabled the entirefamily to remain healthy. In as far as Gordon’s framework isconcerned, the family’s knowledge of food preparation and intake iscommendable.
Theparents sleep about eight hours each night while the children sleepfor about ten hours. The father’s sleeping pattern is somewhatoccasionally disjointed due to the extra hours he has to work twice aweek. The teenage boy showed sleeping complications that areattributable to the high levels of energy drink intake a few hoursbefore sleep.
Eachfamily member has a different elimination pattern. The father’sbowel movements usually occur in the morning immediately after wakingup. The mother’s bowel movements are usually at mid-day afterlunch. All the children have irregular bowel movements. The youngestchild suffers from a mild form of constipation but is currently undertreatment. For all the family members, their urine is yellow andclear.
Thefamily has a commendable active lifestyle. The father exercises dailyin the morning immediately after waking up. The family has a smallgym in their apartment. The mother prefers to exercise on theweekends. Therefore, every Saturday, the family goes to a nearbyhiking facility to jog and swim. The aerobic exercises that thefamily participates in have been instrumental in building trust andcohesion.
Allfamily members except for the youngest child showed no signs ofneurologic and cerebrovascular dysfunctions. The youngest child isshort-sighted and showed signs of difficulty coping with the demandsof school work. The child underwent an eye surgery a year ago. Theeight-year-old girl was also diagnosed with schizophrenia 12 monthsago before the laser eye surgery.
Thefamily does not have any issue on sensory and perceptioncomplications.
Theeight-year-old lastborn has trouble associating with her friends. Attimes, she suddenly turns hostile without any good reason. However,the girl is under treatment from pediatric care nurses who monitorher condition on a regular basis. The father and the mother admittedthat loss of employment is among their greatest fears since they areyet to accomplish the goals they had set earlier in life.
Thefather is the family’s sole breadwinner while the mother is themain cook and source of inspiration. The mother has a unique sense ofoptimism that illuminates her entire family despite her unemployment.At times, the 15-year-old boy assists her mother to prepare food.
Theparents said that their sexual life was a satisfactory one. However,the father had previously experienced an erectile dysfunctioncomplication that seriously affected their sex life. The motherreported that she had not experienced any form of miscarriage duringher marriage. The parents regularly teach each of their childrenimportant issues of sexuality to counter misinformation and massfallacy available on the Internet.
Thefather and the mother admitted that it took them quite long beforethey learnt how to cope with challenges that come in life. The fatherexplained that the mother was her source of solace due to heroptimistic approach to life. To cope with stress, the family consultsprofessional counseling psychology experts.
Impaired sleeping patterns for the 15 year old boy due to the impact of high energy level intake in his body’s metabolism.
Anxiety among children due to their mother’s state of joblessness this means she has to depend on her husband financially.
Feelings of low-esteem between the teenage boy and his ten year old sister due to their sister’s schizophrenic condition.
Open-Ended,Family Focused Questions
What values do you hold as family?
What is your religious inclination?
As a family, what values do you think affect your unity?
What foods do you eat during family meals?
Who prepares meals?
What do you do as parents to ensure your children have healthy diets?
How many hours do you sleep every night as parents?
How many hours does each child sleep at night?
What sleeping complications exist in this family?
What is your bowel elimination pattern appearing like?
Are there any issues of constipation in any member of the family?
How do you address any constipation issues as a family?
How many times do you exercise together as a family?
What is the importance of exercise/activity in this family?
Where do you conduct your exercises?
What cognitive issues exist in this family?
How do you address these issues?
Which members of the family have cognitive challenges?
How do you perceive the entire issues of perception and sensing?
Are there difficulties in differentiating colors?
Which members of this family have sensory complications?
As a mother, how do you perceive the challenges you see in life?
As a father, how do you perceive the challenges you see in life?
As children, how do you perceive the challenges you see in life?
What is your role as parents in this family?
How do you ensure you execute your role as expected?
What impediments do you see in your role?
How is your sex life like?
How do you educate your children on issues of sexuality?
How do you address problems in your sex life as parents?
How do you cope up with the challenges of life?
What is your source of inspiration?
How best can you improve how you cope up with problems?
Kaakinen,J. R., Coehlo, D. P., Steele, R., Tabacco, A., & Hanson, S. M. H.(2014). Familyhealth care nursing: Theory, practice, and research.NJ: FA Davis.