Essay about Symptoms And Treatment Of The Family

1188 Words Nov 17th, 2016 5 Pages
As the population ages, an increasing number of patients and families are affected by chronic illness. In response, health care has increased disease prevention and health promotion efforts (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015). Nurses are well-positioned to help families lead healthier lives by offering ways that they can support their loved ones during illness. The family nurse considers the whole family during care planning because all members are affected when a member is ill. In this paper, I will choose a chronic illness that could affect a patient in my practice and discuss three ways to improve their health and the family dealing with the illness.
Description of a Chronic Illness that Affects a Family at the Spine Center
At the spine center, our focus is decreasing acute and chronic pain caused by nerve or spine disease. While we treat many acute illnesses, the most common chronic diseases that we treat are pain from arthritis and cancer. We have been treating Lucia, the grandmother of a Hispanic family for a while now. She has low back pain and is scheduled to have a series of nerve blocks to see if ablating those nerves will decrease her pain. The family consists of the son Carlos, daughter-in-law Sofia, and three children. They are a very close family and Lucia lives with them. Due to her pain and limited mobility, Lucia and her family are emotionally impacted, because she is the matriarch of the family and loves cooking and caring for her…

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