Nursing Care by Using Patient- and Family- Centered: The Dimension for the Elderly Care


  • Doungnetre Thummakul Suan Dusit University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Kalayarath Anonrath Boromarajonani College of Nursing Bangkok, Faculty of nursing, Praboromarajchanok Institute, Thailand


patient-and family-centered, nursing care, elderly


Introduction: Patient-and-family-centered care is a principle that emphasizes patients and their families, which is appropriate to current society with many elderly people. It promotes family participation in caring which benefit the patient by letting them prioritize things and values in their own way. Objectives: Nurses’ roles in patients-and-family centered care are as followed: 1) be knowledgeable in family nursing and elderly nursing; 2) be able to apply nursing process to care plan, implement care plan, and evaluate nursing care, especially, the involvement of family and patient; 3) be able to inform family and patient about how to watch out and practice when general or specific problematic symptoms emerge (Geriatric Giants or Geriatric syndrome); 4) be able to promote family network to share information and other benefits; 5) be able to develop family- centered care to respond to changes of the complicated patients’ families. 6) be able to cooperate with multidisciplinary team to mutually solve problems and achieve the ultimate benefits toward caring for elder; and 7) be able to enhance family strength. Key issues: To take care of healthy elders or elders with underlying diseases, nurses should emphasize health promotion for elders and their families, illness rehabilitation and disease prevention. For elder patients with chronic diseases and required care from family throughout care period, Conclusions: nurses should promote family strength and emphasize the ability of elders and their families in response to medical care and illness rehabilitation. However, in family with members of various age ranges, in case there is one gets ill, it will affect other family members. Implications: Therefore, family-centered care has many challenges that nurses will have to use strategies and be responsible in caring and emphasize patient evaluation, prevention, support and manage healthcare to be consistent with illness condition. The utmost goal is to keep the elderly alive and live happily when receiving treatment.


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Thummakul ด, Anonrath ก. Nursing Care by Using Patient- and Family- Centered: The Dimension for the Elderly Care . JHNR [Internet]. 2021 Apr. 9 [cited 2022 Jun. 26];37(1):14-2. Available from:



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