Family Centered Care
Patient care by nurses has been the norm in medical practice for the longest time. However, in recent years, there is more focus around the involvement of family members in the care of relatives, both inside the hospital and after they have been discharged (Mitchell et al. 2009).
This is the case study of an Alzheimer’s disease. It helps to open our eyes on how the family can be useful during the treatment and how to write a family care plan due to objectives and the phase of an illness.
The family plays a vital role in the nursing of the patient. Since the discovery of this fact, there has been vast interest on the topic of family-centered care. This essay examines the role of the nurse in planning a patient’s discharge, and the considerations they have to make in order to ensure that family –centered care is made possible.
For purposes of establishing the role of the nurse in family centered care, the essay has its basis on a case study. The patient, Joan, who is in hospital, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It is evident that she has a family, a husband. In planning the discharge of this patient, the nurse has to consider a number of issues. Some of these issues are the feelings that her husband has, and the fact that he may be unable to cope with her condition, managing Joan’s agitation, assessing the risk that the disease brings about to Joan. In addition, the nurse should consider the stress that Joan’s disease puts on the relationship between the members of the family and the possibility that the family might have limited knowledge on the disease and may need guidance on how to cope.
The paper will focus on four major topics with regard to family centered care. The first of these is the risk posed by Alzheimer’s. Secondly, the paper will look into the issue of the stress that Joan’s sickness could cause on the relationship between members of her family. ...