Here is a report that was given to us by one of our volunteers named Jason. Jason is a nurse and through Network Neighbourhoods, we were able to connect him with an elderly who needed assistance due to fragile health. We asked Jason to check on the elderly member of our community to see what we can do to improve her condition. This shows how our volunteers work with us so that we can continue to serve the members of our community.
“Different factors come into play that influence a person’s health. In the case of Mrs. Maria Perez, psychological factors include the idea of getting older without any companion and feeling alone without anyone to take care of her. Her physical environment shows that she has three cats for pets which could be a contributing factor in triggering her asthma attacks. Behavioral factors like smoking two packs of cigarettes a day is definitely bad for her health and causes air pollution around her. Her Cuban ancestry might have predisposed her to love tobacco and cigarettes. Other sociocultural factors can be seen in her diet and other practices which might also trigger her asthma attacks. Biophysical factors show that due to aging, certain body parts like her lungs her body might not be that strong anymore. She might also have developed allergies that caused her asthma. There is no information given regarding other medications that she is taking or her long term asthma management plan.
Prevention strategies for Mrs. Perez include an asthma management plan and self-management education since she lives by herself. It is also important to involve and educate her family or caretaker regarding this. She should also have a careful examination for possible allergens that could trigger her asthma attacks to eliminate them from her immediate surroundings if possible. Lastly, she should also be given vaccinations such as influenza, Pneumococcal, TDAP, and Zoster vaccines that would protect her from lung disease. All these prevention strategies should be done especially before the fall season where there is a greater risk of having asthma attacks because of the prevalence of respiratory viruses during this time. This intervention plan can be evaluated through community visitation and checking if the health condition of Mrs. Perez improved. Due to proper health education, a healthier lifestyle and home environment must be observed. There should also be lesser instances if not total prevention of her asthma attacks. If these strategies do not work, then there is a need to adjust the asthma management plan accordingly.”