Family Health Assessment
Wilson K. A Nyamwatta
Grand Canyon University: NRS-429V (NRS- 429V) Family Centered Health Promotion
November 25, 2012
There are three methods of data collection employed by community nurses to obtain community assessment data. They include observation, interviews and measurement; the observation method also referred to as the windshield survey that includes the use of all the senses i.e. sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste to ascertain community appearances, noting the status of residential buildings, the people and their physical and biological surroundings.
The second method is the measurement technique that utilizes tools to quantify ...view middle of the document...
Our family still believes in preparing most of the food at home as a way to control what is put in the foods and as a cost-reduction emphasis. In the nutritional-metabolic patterns, our family strives to buy its food supplies from the nearby farmers’ open-air market which supplies fresh organic vegetables and meat products. The family sticks to the tradition of serving only three meals – breakfast, lunch and supper without snacks between meals as most of the American families do.
The elimination pattern revealed how the community is affected by climatic changes and how hazardous waste, plants, and disease agents. The community dreads the malaria season which coincides with the rainy seasons; March to May the long rains season and November to December the short rains. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant waters that are available during the rainy season. The community with the help of the local government stays busy spraying stagnant water during these two seasons.
Under activity- exercise pattern; our family is very active not by choice but by circumstances in the community. The family walks to and from work and school due to unreliable public transport and
economic reasons. The family understands that remaining active daily decreases the risk of diseases such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. Most of the family members are also involved in sports after work and or school making it almost impossible to come across an overweight individual within the community.
Most members of the family work during the day with everyone sleeping at night. Our parents make sure that supper is served by 7AM every night so that everyone retires to bed by 9pm every night and wake up by 6 AM except weekends where we were allowed to sleep in till 8AM. The belief that enough sleep and rest made us healthy and ready for the next day made our parents be very strict on sleep-wake times. The only disturbances to the sleep-rest pattern at nights is mostly occasional excessive noise during traditional overnight funeral gatherings that usually run for at least a week or two.
Under the cognitive –perception functional pattern, our dad remains the decision maker concerning healthcare and other resources for the family with elected officials making community decisions for the broader community at the City Hall.
Under the self-perception-self-concept pattern; the community works together in virtually everything that affects the community health and security. Recently, every community member was involved in the World Clean Up by cleaning up around your houses. This initiative was a huge success considering it was a voluntary activity with no financial rewards but for the healthy neighborhood. The community is also brought together during elections in order to elect the best public official who will represent the community’s best interest. It is clear that members of our family are proud of the community as are other members of the community. ...