Henry and Ertha Complete Case Study
Henry Williams is a 69-year-old African American and retired rail system engineer
who lives in a small apartment with his wife, Ertha. Henry and Ertha had one son
who was killed in the war 10 years ago. They have a daughter-in-law, Betty, who is
a nurse, and one grandson, Ty. Henry is concerned about Ertha because she is
experiencing frequent memory lapses.
Henry was admitted to the hospital last night after he called the doctor and told him
that he could not catch his breath. Henry has several medical problems including
COPD, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Henry provides important details of
how he views his current life situation. Listen to Henry’s Monologue which if
found in virtual clinicals week 5.
After listening to Henry’s monologue answer these questions.
1.What are Henry’s strengths?
Despite what is happing/has happened in Henry’s life is still moving forward
in life using resources to help keep him going. He still pays attention and
recognizes the positive things he has in life such as his grandchild.
2.What are your concerns for this patient?
My main concern with this patient is his difficulty catching his breath. I am
also concerned because it seems like Henry is the primary caregiver for his
wife due to her progressing memory loss. Henry is having his own medical
complications and need to work on caring form himself. It may be difficult for
him to care for his wife when he is having his own medical problems. This
patient also has a lot of anxiety about his wife and his current condition.
3.What is the cause of your concern?
The patient needs to be able to breath, and the fact that he is not able to talk
without need to pause several times to catch his breath is concerning. The