Holistic Care Case Study

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Holistic Care Holistic nursing care involves identifying the patient needs and implementing strategies in which addresses “the patient physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being (Doosey and Keegan, 2013). As a health care professional, helping the patient to achieve their optimal health through taking care of the patient as a whole, will allow the patient to heal. An interview was conducted on a close family member, Mrs. V.H. At times, she struggles with dealing and coping with some of the current symptoms of her illness. She faces a resource barrier within the community by only having one doctor office and hospital in the local area. Mrs. V.H. reports she does not feel comfortable with going to the doctor office or hospital when…show more content…
V.H. voice concerns about her health declining and the community in which she lives is not equipped to deal with her current medical illness. Ultimately, Mrs. V.H. long-term goal is to lose weight and gain better control over her diabetes. She has a very good family support system. Mrs. V.H. has a total of four daughters and they rotate with taking their mother to the doctor. This allows the daughters to keep abreast of their mother’s health and provide the emotional support during the doctor’s office visit. Mrs. V.H. prays a lot and she believes God is going to one day heal her from the current health problems. This essay will discuss the identified pattern, challenge, or needs of Mrs. V.H. associated with her physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Second, there will a discussion of for aspects of the holistic care process for Mrs. V.H. The purpose of this essay is after an interview was conducted with a family member, there are identifiable challenges, pattern, and needs of their health in which need to be addressed. Based upon the identifiable challenges, pattern and needs of the family member’s health, a holistic care process will be created to assist the…show more content…
The physical aspect of holistic nursing involves shaping the physical environment in order to promote healing for the patient. This includes having “light, fresh air, pleasant smells or sounds, neatness, order, healing smells, earth elements, in the intention of where the patient feels safe and can heal” (Doosey and Keegan, 2013). The challenge facing Mrs. V.H. is living in a rural area with only one doctor’s office and hospital. She reports ““I do not feel comfortable going to the hospital or doctor’s office when I am sick. I would rather and have to travel nearly thirty-five miles away to seek medical attention. The hospital and doctor office are not equipped to deal with my current health situation” (V. Holmes, personal communication, May 27, 2016). The idea of the local hospital and doctor’s office in the rural area not being skilled enough to deal with chronic health issues of the community becomes a great concern. Mrs. V.H. could have an acute exacerbation episode of her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or asthma, in which requires immediate attention and this could mean life or death situation, if not treated promptly. If Mrs. V.H. does not feel comfortable enough to be treated at the local hospital or doctor’s office, this becomes a physical barrier and there becomes
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