December 12, 2010
University of Phoenix
A nursing assessment of a family is the basis of nursing interventions. Stanhope and Lancaster (2008) state, “By using a systematic process, family problem areas are identified and family strengths are emphasized as the building blocks for interventions and to facilitate family resiliency (p. 567). The following paragraphs will describe a family that has become more typical in this day and age. The family consists of a mother, a father, a five year old daughter, and a three year old son. The family that was chosen was interviewed as a family, but also individually.
This family consists of BAD, MLD, their daughter CED, and son LRD. The family lives in a four bedroom brick house with their large sized dog, with two entrances, four steps to enter the front of their home, and a back door that you have to go thru a fence to get to. Their home is in a quiet neighbor hood with an elementary school a quarter of a mile down the road they live off of. Their daughter, CED, goes to this elementary school and is in the first grade. The family’s neighbors are all young couples who the neighbors across the street have two children ages 8 and 10. Their mortgage is $1,100/month. They have city water and sewage. The heat is gas heat and they have a central air conditioning. Their house is kept clean and well maintained since BAD is unemployed at this time. Their young son LRD, who is three also stays home with BAD during the day because the family cannot afford daycare at this time. When you walk in the front entrance it is a split level home. You can either go up four steps to the main level or go down four steps to the lower level. On the first level when you go up the stairs to the right is a living room which is hardwood floors and consists of a couch, love seat, and an oversized chair. There is no television in this room. Connected to the living room is their dining room which is also hardwood floors, and has a table that seats eight, and a tall cabinet that has dry foods and canned foods. Connected to the dining room is the kitchen. The kitchen has a small table and four chairs, a refrigerator, a dishwasher, and lots of counter, and cabinet space. Out of the kitchen is the main hallway which is carpeted and leads to a full size bathroom and two bedrooms. The bathroom is decorated in monkeys which is the children’s bathroom. The bedroom on the left is the bedroom of CED, the 5 year old daughter, and the bedroom on the right is the bedroom of LRD, the 3 year old son. Back down the stairs is the lower level. When you first go downstairs you see and big open family room that has a couch and two lazy boy recliners. The downstairs is all carpeted. To the immediate right is a second full bathroom and next to that is the master bedroom. Opposite the master bedroom is the fourth bedroom which was converted to a toy room for the children. The downstairs is where the family spends most of their time. There is a big screen television and their is a game station connected to the television. BAD has taken the time to child proof their home using child safety locks on all cabinets, and electrical outlet covers. The children have a lot of toys, and it seems they do not have a lot of storage, yet their home is kept very tidy.
The family does not interact much with their neighbors or community. BAD’s family lives in another state, and MLD’s family lives in another town about an hour away. MLD has a car that he drives to and from work, and BAD uses a van to take CED to school, and to run errands. MLD smokes cigarettes, but he steps outside when doing so to protect the children especially CED since she has asthma. He also does not smoke when in the car.
The family is not limited in food choices, they just do not seem to choose balanced meals when eating. The only income that they...