We think we “know” a disease because we know it’s anatomy and physiology, diagnostics and treatments. But when it happens to you or someone close, all of a sudden there’s that sharp intake of breathe and worried feeling that ensues. As a nurse, a patient’s diagnosis registers a professional level of understanding and interpretations, but as a patient, it becomes an emotional problem as well, even to a person with all this knowledge and training. So if the patient is an elderly, only receiving select information, all the fears that must be racing through their minds, the worries and unsettling emotions must be overwhelming. How elemental is this “holistic care” that we talk about.