A Systems Model

Like a Daughter’s Care believes that the whole family system is impacted when one family member goes through a major life change. When there is a change anywhere in the system, everyone in the family needs to adjust and recalibrate to achieve some form of equilibrium. Like a Daughter’s Care emphasizes the importance of addressing the needs of the whole family and other influential variables impacting the whole system for the best possible outcome to enhance each individual’s successful aging experience.

 A systems Model of Care

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Often, when an elderly parent’s ability to function independently begins to decline, family members—often the daughters—are expected to pick up the slack. There is a shift in roles and responsibilities from daughter, son, spouse, friend, to caregiver. Often, caregivers quickly become overwhelmed and overstressed from juggling the complexities of their own lives, work, and families and then adding the increasing burden of care for their aging parents or spouse. In fact, studies have shown that caregivers who experience caregiving-related stress have a 63% higher mortality rate than non-caregivers of the same age.

Like a Daughter’s Care starts by assessing the whole individual, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Then we look at the other aspects that are part of the person’s life including family members, doctors, nurses, pharmacies and other healthcare services, housing, transportation, and other support services. After a thorough examination of the individual and the whole system, we create a personalized care plan of recommendations to support the aging process in a dignified and meaningful way.

When the entire system is working together there is a balance and equilibrium. Aging becomes a natural part of life. In a supportive environment it can also become a meaningful and fulfilling stage of life.