Using the whole family approach with an aging family means doing a psychosocial assessment. In this approach you are generally focusing on two or more people in the family- your elderly client and their primary caretaker (whether doing hands on care or managing the caregiving). What are the areas you must probe in this psychosocial assessment of a whole family ?
•Past trauma– family history
•Sandwich Generation issues
•Religious and cultural issues
•End of life issues
•Quality of Life issues –
•Relationship to money
PBS series Taking Care – PBS News Hour Series on Long-Term Care in America on caregiving features excellent first segment segment on mothers and daughters showing why the Whole Family Approach is so important in aging. The series is sponsered by the SCAN Foundation a-profit public charity devoted to transforming health care for seniors in ways that encourage independence and preserve dignity.
NPR’s Science Friday had an a fabulous info segment today on seniors and technology. It covers the good, the bad and the ugly about what is available to older people who were not born playing with I phones. They (that’s me) live in a bilingual world where they did not grow up speaking/playing with the language of technology- plus they have disabilities. All of us who have grandchildren (and I remind everyone all the time – I have 10)- knows this. My 2 year old twin grandson’s run circles around me and my 27 year old runs my web site, does my SEO and literally is my tech brain. Tune in to the science of seniors on the steroids of technology – and how the Dollar Store can help you with your I Pad – no kidding.Also,great information from the OATS program – Older Adults in Technology-in New York.