Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Holistic Approach in Healthcare

What is Holistic Approach? How is it done? What is the role of health care assistant in providing care for older person?

Generally, holistic approach means looking at the whole picture. The key thing is to understand the whole thing by evaluating parts together and interdependently until well-being is achieved. It has considerable view of the physical, emotional, psychological and social aspects of an individual to obtain a better result.
One works with the others. In giving care to older people, holistic approach is use. This method is use to pin point the best way to promote good health and all the best in life. Health Care Assistant roles in providing such care are the following:
  • Identifying the physical condition of the older person and be cautious with it as you work with them.
  • Work together with the older people in identifying his or her own needs.
  • Communicate with the older person and their family, doctor, nurse and other staff in order to provide accurate treatment and help for the resident.
  • Apply in practical use the knowledge acquired regarding the age-related changes in older people.
  • Make sure proper assistance is given in taking medicines, eating a well-nourish food, encouraging exercise, and maintaining personal hygiene.
  • Encouraging the older people to participate in activities (but the older people should decide for themselves) to enhance their social life.
  • Boost the emotional and psychological aspects of the older people by giving them the respect, care, and love they needed. For loving them is the most important of all.


  1. Having my family so far away from me, I am so close to my FIL. I think that's why he is very fond of me as well. He always tells me that he misses us every time we miss to visit. Older people tend to long for constant companionship and that's what children should give them.

  2. My mom has a debilitating disease and we do our best to make sure that she can be as comfortable as possible. It really does help when we show them just how much we love them coz that gives them strength and a will to live longer.

  3. Here in Dubai, we don't have any home for the aged but the locals do hire nurses to look after their elders. There are holistic clinics here too and mostly run by Far Eastern doctors who also practice ayurvedic treatment. One of these days, I will go for an ayurvedic treatment. It costs a bit but I like the idea of using organic stuff to heal me.

  4. also, showing them how much we care is an emotional treatment for a better health


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