Essay about Quality of Life and Functioning for End of Life Care

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Quality of Life and Functioning for End of Life Care. HAT2 Community Health Nursing. Western Governors University.


Competency 725.8.5: Quality of Life and Functioning - The graduate selects nursing actions during illness and end-of-life stages to maximize quality of life and functioning for individuals, families, and communities; promotes wellness principles and programs for individuals, families, and communities; and reflects on how personal beliefs or perceptions about quality of life and health promotion impact approaches or decisions in nursing care.












Quality of Life and Functioning
Alice Collins
Western Governor’s University







Death and dying are extremely personal experiences with an
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and Mrs. Thomas to find access to more inexpensive healthcare, free clinics and volunteer organizations that deal specifically with terminally ill patients. The nurse may also suggest seeking expert advice from a financial advisor and setting up a budget as a primary preventative of dire economic circumstances occurring.
Lastly, both spouses are concerned about the coping abilities of the other spouse. The nurse might speak with each person individually to ascertain both personal concerns and concerns about the other spouse. After this initial discussion the nurse might ask both Mr. and Mrs. Thomas to discuss with each other their concerns. Support groups for couple experiencing terminal illness and couple’s counseling may also assist Mr. and Mrs. Thomas in address and implementing coping strategies and supportive behaviors. The nurse may also suggest a specific day/night of the week in which they go out on a date to have some leisure time and not focus on the negative aspects of their lives.
Mrs. Thomas may optimize her current functional ability at this time by use of assistive devices and home modifications. The house may be rearranged to have full access to all facilities on one level, i.e. changing a dining room into a bedroom. There are many options the nurse could suggest depending on the house layout and cost concerns. Mrs. Thomas may also benefit from services such as Meals…

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