Holistic Care: Why and How
Health care professionals working with ageing people in a community setting deal primarily with the impact of the consequences of a disease or impairment. We assist the person — and their family and support people — by helping them regain the overall balance in their life. But unless professionals have both the interest and skills to elicit what the impact and consequences mean to the person and their family, so that trust and an effective team approach will develop between the ageing person and the professional, a mutually satisfying outcome will not be achieved. This chapter explores the concept of integrated, holistic care and provides guidance on how this can be achieved.
- Explanation of the elements of holistic care
- Implementing holistic care
- Genograms and ecomaps