Family Health Assessment Using Functional Health Patterns

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Family Health Assessment using Functional Health Patterns
Micaela Simon
Grand Canyon University
Family Centered Health Promotion
Melanie Escobar RN, MSN
September 6, 2012

Family Health Assessment using Functional Health Patterns
Assessment is the first tool in the nursing process in formulating health care plans for the individual as well as the family. A through assessment lays groundwork to promote family health (Edelman & Mandle, 2010, p. 175). The purpose of this paper is to examine one familys view of their health. The author will use several family focused questions addressing the 11 health patterns outlined by Gordon’s functional health patterns ("Functional Health", 2010). With completion of the family assessment, s summarization of findings and wellness nursing diagnoses will be formed. The questions addressing all 11 functional health patterns (Appendix) and how it related to the family. The older couple chosen for this assignment are from English, Irish decent living most of there life in Nebraska now reside in Arizona. Husband 73, wife 68 married 43 years with three grown children a oldest son 43, daughter 41 and youngest son 39. Two of the children are out of the house, have spouses and children of there own. The oldest son is not married and lives out of state solely supported by his parents and has developmental and psychological issues from a childhood traumatic brain injury. The couple maintains close relationships with the two youngest children and families. When assessing there perception of health there was no habits that would be detrimental to their health. Neither smokes, drinks or does any drugs. The husband is extremely obese, suffers from peripheral vascular disease, non-insulin dependent diabetes and has to work a fulltime job to maintain the household and support his oldest son. The wife has lost her job and has been trying to gain...
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