FamilyHealth Assessment is critical for creating a suitable healthcare planfor a given family. The assessments function as tools forestablishing health issues that assist to understand appropriatehealth approach and guidance in making health-associated choices of acertain family. Assessments are valuable because each family isdistinctive as it has diverse lifestyle and views. In the followingessay, family refers to biological parents and young ones staying inone household. The term “mother” or “wife” will occasionallyrepresent the respondent of the interview. She is also a biologicalmother and a stepmother to some of her children. Similarly, the term“father” and “husband” will alternatingly refer to thebiological father and stepfather, to some children of the family. Theassessment seeks to understand health set-up in the family that canhelp healthcare professionals to guide the individuals on an approachto improve their health. The evaluation is based on the Gordon’seleven functional health patterns (Weber,2005).
Thefamily has positive health management as it visits its primarydoctor, dentist, and optometrist once every year for medicalexamination. The health seeking behavior makes them less vulnerableto chronic diseases since the illnesses can be detected in earlytreatable stages during regular clinical examinations. However, thehusband is at risk of injury resulting from frequent alcoholconsumption. He drinks during family reunions, holidays, and socialevents as well as any other time he can access alcohol. Luckily,religion helps the family to remain focused on essential issues inlife (Weber, 2005).
Thefamily consumes imbalanced nutrition as it consumes dairy productsand vegetables occasionally, but rarely eats fruits. Fruits are aprimary source of major nutrients required for effectivethermoregulation and desirable skin health. Besides, the family doesnot take usual healthy meals at given times every day as it should.Instead, they consume junk diets from fast foods as they lack time tomake healthy foods (Weber, 2005).
Thefamily is at risk of sleep deprivation because it requires at leasteight hours per day, but the children only sleep for seven hours.Moreover, the mother has a risk for disturbed sleep pattern. Sheoccasionally struggles to sleep at night, but other family memberssleep healthily. The children do also compensate for the deprivedsleep during the week through sleeping for longer hours during theweekends. Sleep deprivation poses a big challenge in the familybecause the children often require an afternoon nap. The mother alsotakes short naps whenever she gets a break from her regular job(Weber, 2005).
Eliminationis a common problem because both the husband and wife suffer fromconstipation. The bowel function occurs infrequently, with some dayspassing with no movement. In fact, the husband suffers from recurrentdifficult bowel movements and cramps (Weber, 2005). However, themother’s urinary elimination is in perfect state. She claimed thatshe could withhold urine for several hours as she does not likevisiting the bathroom frequently.
Activity-exercisepattern for the family is impressive. Both the husband and the wifevisit the gym about three times every week. The children are enrolledto jujitsu and bootcamp, which they visit four times every week.According to the mother, her husband and she have a gym membershipwhile their children are members of the Jujitsu and the bootcampclub. In addition, the family goes for a family outing once everymonth. Their favorite leisure activities include bowling and visitingthe beach.
Accordingto the mother, their daughter suffers from disturbed thought process.She suffers from hyperactive syndrome that makes it difficult for herto focus or concentrate at daytime. However, she manages thecondition naturally without taking medication. To avoid decisionconflict, the parents share the obligation of making criticaldecisions affecting the whole family. Besides, they do consult withthe children before making essential decisions that concern them.Everyone is involved in making decisions that may affect them in oneway or another (Weber, 2005). The mother claimed that the family ishappy, and nobody suffers or portrays depression symptoms.
Concerningthe sensory-perception, the mother claimed that her daughter whoplays soccer suffers from numbness and cramps occasionally. No familymembers suffer from either hearing loss or blindness, but everyoneuses reading eyeglasses because they suffer from astigmatism (Weber,2005). Nobody suffers from any form of disturbed sensory such ashot/cold episodes or Reynolds Disease. However, the mother claimedthat the family likes sleeping in a cold environment, so they adjustthe thermostat such that it would maintain low temperature.
Thisfamily is stable and functional as the couple is not vulnerable tohopelessness. The mother wife claimed that she was comfortable toraise step children as her husband is very supportive. She does notsuffer from situational low self-esteem because the children are ingood terms while her relationship with her husband is perfect (Weber,2005). Both parents love their stepchildren as each love his or herbiological young ones. However, the mother admitted that she wasrecently disturbed by her body image. She was allegedly deemedoverweight a few years back, but she has engaged in constant workoutthat has helped her to regain the desired shape and size. Her effortto lose the excess weight motivated her children to follow suit. Theyare motivated to work out regularly so that they can stay in shape.However, the mother asserted that nobody in the family has issueswith his or her body image. Everybody is relatively healthy becausethey suffer from weight anxiety, which encourages them to exerciseregularly to eliminate the extra fat.
Rolerelationship in the family is well-established. Both parents are thebreadwinners in the family. Besides, everyone in the family has aspecific task assigned to him or her. Each child understands his orher duty in the family. On the other hand, the mother claimed thatshe does share major caregiver duties such as grocery shopping withher husband. The role performance prevents impaired parenting (Weber,2005). Besides, the family live at proximity to their immediaterelatives, which improves social interaction with distant kinsfolk.
Althoughthe couple appears contented and able to raise a functional familyand relationship, it experiences ineffective sexual patterns that canmake them distant. The wife claimed that they rarely mate as they areever busy and exhausted. The couple requires adopting an effectivesexual pattern that can suit their busy schedules to avoid skippingconjugal rights. The wife also claimed that they have been marriedfor several years, and they never use protection during intercoursethus, they trust each other. Furthermore, the wife asserted that noneof them experiences difficulties during intimacy because they rarelydo it (Weber, 2005).
Lastly,the wife claimed that she rarely feels stressed by work. She copesthrough ensuring that everything is under control, as well prepare inadvance for potential big issues so that she can be ready. Inaddition, she is ever ready prepared to cope with emerging issuesthat would involve either the family or the community. The familymitigates stress effectively through discussing arising challenges.This makes solving regular stress easy. On inquiring whether she hasexperienced any significant changes within the last three years, sheclaimed that her three children have entered high school (Weber,2005).
Readinessfor enhanced nutritional metabolic pattern as the family takes dairyproducts and vegetables occasionally. However, the parents aredetermined to include plenty of fruits in the dietary plan. Fruitshave high nutrition value that can prevent altered dentition andimpaired skin integrity. According to the mother, the family consumesfatty diets approximately four times in a week, but they are ready tostart consuming healthy homemade meals, fruits and vegetables toensure they maintain good health status (Weber, 2005).
Readinessfor enhanced sleep is also suitable for the family. The childrenrequires at least eight hours every day, but they require about eighthours. Fortunately, they compensate for the extra sleep hoursthrough taking naps during the day. Besides, they sleep for longerhours during the weekend to cover up for the excess time during theweek (Weber, 2005).
Readinessfor health seeking behaviors. The family visits the optomestrist,primary doctor, and the dentist once every year despite having atight program throughout the year. The family’s effort to seekprofessional treatment occasionally is valuable as many chronicdiseases are preventable if they are diagnosed and treated at earlystages using appropriate methods. The regular clinical visits issignificant, especially to the father as he is a regular alcoholic.
Readinessfor enhanced comfort level through engaging in physical exercisesconstantly. According to the mother, one of her daughters suffersfrom leg numbness and cramps that make her vulnerable to chronic andacute pain. However, she is an active footballer thus, ensures thather legs are adequately trained to overcome the pain (Weber, 2005).In addition, the family members uses reading eyeglasses to preventdisturbed visual sensory-perception. The disorder can cause acute andchronic pain that in turn make reading difficult (Weber, 2005). Theentire family suffers from astigmatism, but it alleviates the effectsof the disorder using prescribed spectacles.
Readinessfor enhanced self-perception to overcome situational low self-esteem,hopelessness, and the body image disturbance is valuable for thefamily. The mother was overweight a few years back, but she haseliminated the excess fat through extensive training. Besides, theentire family has acquired the power, positive body image, enhancedself-esteem, and positive personal identity through maintaininghealthy bodies. Everyone has gym membership where he or she engagesin intensive training.
Weber,J. R. (2005). Nurses`Handbook of Health Assessment, 5th Edition.Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.