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Anticipating the Unexpected: Home Visiting With Diverse Families Part 1

presented by Nathalie Rennell, MSN, RN, CNE

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Financial— Nathalie Rennell receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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Video Runtime: 35 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 21 Minutes

This is Part One of a two-part series about Anticipating the Unexpected: Home Visiting With Diverse Families. The public's perception of family systems has changed over time and continues to change as we progress further into the 21st century. Yet families continue to be the foundations of society, influencing the health of their members and impacting how health care is delivered in the home. This course will help define various iterations of the family system and share important demographic data concerning families. It will also discuss the functions that families serve, as well as the importance of implementing quality strategy goals in family systems according to the reasoning of CMS.

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Nathalie Rennell, MSN, RN, CNE

Nathalie Rennell currently cares for her medically fragile grandson. Prior to making this transition, she was an instructor in the RN-BSN/CEP programs and on the honors faculty with the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU). She was also faculty at the Phoenix Institute for Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA).…

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1. Definitions of Family

From legal to logistical, many definitions of family exist. This chapter will explore traditional to current definitions of family as well as other terms and cultural considerations that are used to describe living arrangements. Recent demographic and census data about living situations will be shared along with reasons for the shift in views about the composition of families and the potential implications of these changes on home care and hospice agencies.

2. Why Is Family so Important in Home Care and Hospice?

While the composition of families has changed through the years, the functions and developmental tasks of families have remained constant. In this chapter, the focus will be on the health care function of families, how families help members return to their prior level of function after an illness, and the crucial role family plays for members to live safely in the community. Resources for families who are caregivers will also be discussed in this chapter. An interview with home care staff will facilitate the discussion about the importance of the relation between family members and home care and hospice staff.

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