What is the “Whole Family Approach”? It is seeing the connections or strings that connect -all the people in the family. Are they weak or strong? A family is like a pond. Adult children, grandchildren, extended family and the older person swim in the water. When the older person has an aging crisis and starts to drown, the ripples move out over the whole family. What a geriatric care manager or aging professional does is use the whole family approach to assess the needs of the whole family – what are those strings -especially the family caregiver- to solve the crisis .The assessment finds the formal and informal supports and uses the continuum of care as tools to pinpoint the supports for everyone and create a plan that meets the needs of the whole family.Watch the You Tube below to discover more.