Using Trevor’s and Dahlia’s Accounts from Activity 2.3 in Learning Guide 2, Describe How the Biomedical, and Social Models of Health, Might Inform Different Approaches to Improving or Maintaining Trevor’s Quality of Life .

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In order to answer this question, I am firstly going to describe, in detail, the Biomedical and Social Models of Health. The 2 approaches are very different, and from a caring perspective, are both as important as one another when putting a care plan in place for service users such as Trevor .

Models of illness are used to analyse how illness arises and to predict what treatment might be effective.; Most models are implicit and not formally described.In the context of health and illness, a model will specify what factors are of importance in determining whether a person is ill, (and conversely, by implication, what factors are not relevant). It will also specify the nature of the interrelationships between these factors and being ill
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The term itself does not signify what those factors are or how they are classified. The word holistic is also used to suggest a morally better and often an alternative non-allopathic treatment approach to illness .

Depending on the individual’s medical condition, deciding which care is needed, and how best to give this, will have many factors on deciding who needs to do what, and why. From the aspect of Trevor’s care, evidence from course material shows Trevor receives care from both models I have discussed. Both Trevor, and his daughter Dahlia, have very high expectations of the level of care that Trevor both wants, and needs. Trevor completely understand how sick he is, but he does not allow this to stop him from doing what he wants to do every day and has his own expectation of how his needs must be met. Dahlia also ensures her father’s wants and needs are more than met, along with her own expectations of the care workers themselves and also the level of work expected from them every day .

Dahlia’s expectations for her father’s care are things like, cleanliness of Trevor’s home, the surrounding environment to be kept to certain standard and also for it to be comfortable for him. She also expects Trevor to be given good, nutritious food and expects nothing less than high standards of care. (The Open University, 2012)

Trevor’s own expectations are very much