Instrumentsto assess the quality of life in a family
Accessto quality education, clothing, shelter, quality healthcare, and foodare five tools that give insight on the quality of life of childrenin the family of a drug addicted African American mother with fourchildren. The above instruments present the basic needs that childrenrequire during their growth. Basic needs give a perfect measure ofthe living standards of the family. The instruments are also easilyobserved and data obtained without much research and techniques ofgetting information. There is prior research conducted on the livingstandards of different families, which greatly rely on the income ofthe parents. In the research, food, shelter, and clothing representthe core human needs. Education and healthcare among others formsecondary needs, and people have access to different types ofservices based on their economic power. There are no standardizedinstruments used to assess the quality of life as different peoplehave got different tastes and social provisions. The ability toprovide for the basic needs by a parent forms the basis of thequality of life. Secondary needs also give information about afamily’s living standards though other issues such as size,fashion, and style (Strode, 2011) affect them.
Qualityof life in the family
Thedrug addicted African American mother provided the basic needs of thechildren including food, shelter, and clothing. However, the motherhas no secure source of earning a living owing to drug addiction. Itmade the future of the children insecure. On education and healthcare, the mother provides what is within the economic potential ofthe family (Skelton, 2009). The family is close-knit with the motherloving the children adequately as demonstrated by the care andconcern to the children despite been a drug addict. The instrumentswere sufficient enough in determining the needs of the family as theygave a clear picture of the living standards of the family givinginsight on what needs improvement. However, there are differentcultural backgrounds to various families in America (Jacobs, 2007).The African American has various cultural values that may influencethe way of life above economic power. The role of culture isimportant and should be considered in making decision in the life ofan individual. The instruments gave insight on the family throughpresenting the challenges faced by children in a family where theparent is a drug addict.
Recommendationsfor best service in a family
Keytasks involved taking an analysis on the quality of food served inthe family to determine if the children were healthy. Assessment ofthe clothing and shelter provided to the housing completed the basichuman needs research. The school attendance by the children,performance, and access to healthcare gave information on the otherinstruments. This was achieved through a visit to the schools wherethe children were attending for their education. The mother gaveinformation on healthcare through an interview and data wascollected. The following recommendations provide better life for thefamily.
The family should prioritize their welfare and invest in quality education for the children for a better future.
The mother should fight off drug addiction even if it means going to a rehabilitation center to give full care and concern to the children.
The children should put more effort in school. It could earn them a scholarship, grants from the government and institutions for their exemplary performance, and boost the mother in providing for their education.
The family should highly minimize any wasteful expenses at home with children assisting in some chores rather than seeking paid labor. This way a lot is saved and livelihood are improved.
Theserecommendations are achievable in a period less than one year. Dailyrecords of daily activities that fall under the recommendationspresent a perfect way of assessing compliance. For example, thechildren should give an account of chores performed at home on adaily basis. This will give insight on the quality of life in thefamily after the recommendations. Any progress will be detected. Inbasic needs, assessment of any change will be made twice in a year.However, for education the school report will be assessed accordingto the school curriculum. In health, report on visit to a healthinstitution should be made any time a need arises (Heaton, 2007). Thehealth service providers and the school system are the agencies thatwould assist in data collection and compilation. They are present inthe community. These recommendations are flexible. They will notinterfere with the normal lives of the parents. The main challenge tothe family executing the plan is commitment and discipline. The smalltasks such as making a daily record of chores performed by thechildren might not appeal too much or seem useful. This would in turnlead to unreliable data and hence poor insight on the effectivenessof the recommendations. Insisting on the importance of each taskgiven to the family and giving a reward to the best kept record is mystrategy to the children. I intend to encourage the parents to makefollow up on the children and ensure compliance with the tasks (Such& Walker, 2005).
Thefamily should run its own data recording on all the recommendedactivities at the same time with me. Regular cross checking of datawill be performed at the end of every month. A concurrent plan allowsperfect data compilation. It however needs discipline and commitmentto give reliable information free from distortion. In case ofnon-compliance of parents I would recommend making a follow upthrough making a phone call to the family to ensure all tasks areperformed. Parental rights can be terminated after all the childrenhave attained the age of eighteen years as provided for by the law.However, if the children have not yet managed to get themselves someform of living, parental rights of care to the children might beextended. The life of the children and their income would be aperfect measure of the need to terminate parental rights. In case theplan fails, the children would be placed in a home for the neglectedchildren (Buss, 2002). Currently, no family member has shown interestin adopting the children. The caretaker has shown great love for thechildren and has expressed interest in living with the children. Inadopting, there are legal requirements and procedures, and it is notan easy process. However, with a relative, the process is morecomplicated due to types of blood ties especially when it comes towealth matters. It is better to adopt a child that one has no bloodlinks with.
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