Case Study

Instructions: Read the following case study and answer the reflective questions.

Requirements:

– Formatted and cited in current APA 7

– The discussion must address the topic

– Rationale must be provided

– Use at least 600 words (no included 1st page or references in the 600 words)

– Use 3 academic sources. Not older than 5 years

– Not Websites are allowed.

– Plagiarism is NOT allowed

CASE STUDY: Family Member with Alzheimer’s disease: Mark and Jacqueline Mark and Jacqueline have been married for 30 years. They have grown children who live in another state. Jacqueline’s mother has moved in with the couple because she has Alzheimer’s disease. Jacqueline is an only child and always promised her mother that she would care for her in her old age. Her mother is unaware of her surroundings and often calls out for her daughter Jackie when Jacqueline is in the room. Jacqueline reassures her mother that she is there to help, but to no avail.

Jacqueline is unable to visit her children on holidays because she must attend to her mother’s daily needs. She is reluctant to visit friends or even go out to a movie because of her mother’s care needs or because she is too tired. Even though she has eliminated most leisure activities with Mark, Jacqueline goes to bed at night with many of her caregiving tasks unfinished. She tries to visit with her mother during the day, but her mother rejects any contact with her daughter. Planning for the upcoming holidays seems impossible to Mark, because of his wife’s inability to focus on anything except her mother’s care.

Jacqueline has difficulty sleeping at night and is unable to discuss plans even a few days in advance. She is unable to visit friends and is reluctant to have friends visit because of the unpredictable behavior of her mother and her need to attend to the daily care.

Reflective Questions:

1. How do you think this situation reflects Jacqueline’s sense of role performance?

Answer:

Jacqueline feels a strong sense of responsibility and obligation to care for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease, likely due to her promise to her mother and her role as an only child. This situation likely reflects her sense of role performance as a caregiver, with her putting her own needs aside in order to fulfill her duties.

Answer:

2. How do you think that Jacqueline may be contributing to her own health? Jacqueline’s caregiving duties and lack of leisure activities, combined with the stress and unpredictability of her mother’s behavior, are likely contributing to her own health issues such as sleep disturbance and difficulty focusing. Additionally, her lack of self-care and stress may negatively impact her physical and mental well-being.

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