Family Health Assessment Using Functional Health Patterns Essay

2038 Words Nov 5th, 2012 9 Pages

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
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She has a medical history of hypertension, and is pre-diabetic. She had been active all her life as a dancer, but rarely participates in physical activity now. They both acknowledge the need for more physical activity, but lack motivation or initiative to do so.
With respect to nutrition and metabolism, the diabetes and hypertension medical complications affect the husband’s metabolic function, both are supposed to be on a low sodium low glycemic diet. The husband does most of the meal preparation, grocery shopping and cooking. His wife expresses the need for more healthy meal choices and frequently reminds her husband he should not be having sugar rich deserts. A typical nightly meal consist of beef a vegetable, starch and some type of desert like pie or ice cream. Portion sizes are addressed and healthy alternatives to deserts were suggested. Both drink diet sodas, iced tea with little water. Both identify the need for nutritional education and are now starting to juice on the suggestion of their youngest son. There is no physical complications obstruction caloric or fluid intake.
There have been no changes with elimination patterns, but the husband has intermittent diarrhea that he is unable to control and required him to wear an adult brief during the day and has concerns with frequency of urination at night. He states having to get up out of bed 3 to 4 times nightly to urinate. The wife reports no difficulties with urination, but

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