Family Health Assessment

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Family Health Assessment
Laura L. Cooper
Grand Canyon University: NRS 429V
August 23, 2011

Family Health Assessment The term family brings to mind a visual image of adults and children living together in a harmonious manner, although this may not be the case for all. The “typical” family, two biological parents and children, has changed over time. Families are as diverse as the individuals that compose them, and clients have deeply ingrained values about their families that deserve respect. The family is the primary social context in which health promotion and disease prevention takes place, as the family’s beliefs, values, and practices strongly influence the health behavior of its
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The wife said she did not know anyone locally and she did not know where to turn for help. At the time of the deployment the wife became sick and hospitalized and did not know how to contact her husband. Since this incidence the family has participated more actively on post and has been able to get more knowledge regarding family resources for military family members.
Value/Belief Pattern The family stated that they believe they are on a good path regarding their health and wellness. They stated they are teaching their children the proper foods to eat, that exercise is necessary, and to go to the doctor for regular check-ups.
Nursing Diagnoses All nursing diagnoses are referenced from a nursing diagnosis handbook (Ackley and Ladwig, 2008). 1. Readiness for enhanced knowledge. 2. Readiness for enhanced family processes. 3. Readiness for enhanced parenting. 4. Readiness for enhanced coping. Based on the above nursing diagnosis I would suggest the family utilize the Parents as Teachers organization. This organization helps families with children up to age five. The organization can offer things such as: parent group meetings, parent instruction and coaching, and help in building a support system through community resources. This organization will have positive outcomes for all of the nursing diagnoses, as the family will have access to increased knowledge regarding their


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