Topic 2 DQ 2 The concept of family health involves treating the family as a unit. ?Valuing and respecting the knowledge, experiences, and support of the family as caregivers, and incorporation of family expertise into care empowers the family and customizes care? (Green, 2018). These become an important part of deciding the best way to treat the family. While there may be an individual in need of more care or adjustments to their health, it takes the whole family working as a unit to be supportive and make sure the changes are being made. One of the best things a nurse can strive for is creating a good report with the family.
This can make the family feel at ease when needing to discuss an uncomfortable topic. Another important part of treating the family is including any referral services that they might need. These can include food banks, health clinics or family shelters (Green, 2018). Decreasing stress for the family can help them focus on their goal. There are several strategies that can be used to help improve their health such as a structural, functional and developmental assessments (Green, 2018). The structural assessment involves emotional bonds and other factors such as the family?s composition, functional is addressing family roles and activities of daily living, and the developmental area deals with the family dynamics (Green, 2018). Combining all these assessments can give a clear view on how to treat the patients. The nurse can examine weakened areas and help the patient develop a plan to reach their goals. This can include referrals to another physician, physical or occupational therapy, a nutritionist and so on. Green, S. Grand Canyon University (Ed). (2018).
?Health promotion: Health & wellness across the continuum.Retrieved from https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs429vn/health-promotion-health-and-wellness-across-the-continuum/v1.1/ Why is the concept of family health important? Consider the various strategies for health promotion. How does a nurse determine which strategy would best enable the targeted individuals to gain more control over, and improve, their health? The concept of family health is so important because each family is unique and operates in different ways. In many situations the health of an individual or caregiver is imperative to the functionality of the whole family. Each member of a family has their own individual jobs and traits that allow the family to function. Health promotion of an individual affects the whole family. When a family member is in need of lifestyle changes or education on personal health it is the responsibility of the family as a whole.
The family can influence a patient?s ability to make changes to better their health. In addition to this, emotional support systems are often within the family and very important to an individual?s overall health. ?When caring for a family as a whole, the nurse needs to consider not only coordination of care and the physical comfort of one or more family members, but also emotional support for the family?s beliefs, needs, preferences, and values?(Green, 2018). This discusses the importance of including and considering the family in health promotion and care planning. There are several different strategies that can be incorporated for health promotion of the family as a whole. One strategy that acts as a foundation in this process is assessment.
This can be accomplished when a healthcare professional is able to conduct a thorough assessment of the needs, functionality, resources, and role of each family member. By gaining a thorough understanding of all of these things, the nurse is able to determine the areas of health that need to be focused on. For example if a nurse collected insight about a family?s eating habits, they could use that information to implement teaching on nutrition. In this example, nutrition is an area of need in order to achieve healthy outcomes. By assessing the needs of the whole family, the nurse can ensure that the patient has the support system at home to ensure good outcomes. There are many areas where nurses can use assessment in order to establish education surrounding health within a family.