• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

a2 coursework into health

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Unit 3 Positive care environment Ao1 During both of the care environments in which I have worked I have been able to witness how the care value base is implemented. The care value base is an ethical code which governs how carers should act. It is designed to guide the practise of professionals in working situations, to be certain that they are not discriminating, being unkind, or providing poor care or poor services to the service user. For the purpose of this Unit I have decided to discuss how I feel a positive care environment was achieved in the nursing home I worked in. The care value base covers five main areas: 1. Promoting anti-discriminatory practice: Carers have a duty to promote anti-discriminatory practice in their professional lives. 2. Maintaining confidentiality: Clients must know that they can trust their carers: Clients may be put at risk and their self esteem damaged if confidential information is shared with others, and there are legal requirements to keep personal records confidential. 3. Promoting and supporting individual rights. 4. Acknowledging individuals' personal beliefs and identities. 5. Promoting effective communication. In the care home, the majority of the service users had communication difficulties ranging from aphasia to the use of inappropriate words, some had visual problems and deafness, and all the service users had a learning disability. One of the ways in which the staff managed to achieve care values was the use of life story books for each individual were possible. In the early nineties life story work was introduced to the field of learning disabilities (Hewitt 2000) ...read more.

Middle

Carers can ignore the client and ask the relatives questions that could be answered by the client. The health and safety of clients is a key area where there is a shared responsibility between the client and the carer. Where a client is highly dependent on the carer for support, then the carer also takes on more responsibility for health and safety. However, where a client is able to take responsibilities she/he should be encouraged to do so. The recognition of rights and choice is important. It is important to encourage individuals to express their needs and wishes. Individuals should be encouraged to be as self-managing as possible. In the care home I witness clients been actively involved in all aspects of their daily life. From choosing whether to wash in a morning, what to wear the food they eat and the activities they took part in. However most of these clients had communication problems. The care workers actively sort ways to overcome the barriers that lack of verbal communication might cause. The use of sigh language, body language, in particular facial expression and sound, where used. By not acknowledging a individuals wishes the carer can cause loss of self esteem and disempowerment for the client, and have the effect of increasing client dependence on the carer. They also cause physiological changes leading to increased risk of illness and depression, the carer can help to prevent this by: Challenging discrimination whenever and wherever it occurs. Strive is maintain client dignity. ...read more.

Conclusion

The people in the care setting in which I worked had very restricted communication skills and I guess some of the words I have listed above must describe some of their feelings on a daily basis. So it is not surprising that many people with learning disabilities either give up communicating and are then described as withdrawn, uncooperative or develop behaviours which are regarded as difficult or challenging. These may be simply a response to the frustration of having limited communication skills, or the challenging behaviour may be the only effective way the person has of making sure they are' listened to'. Communication is a central factor in almost everything we do in life. If for any reason we cannot communicate effectively, it is a barrier to: Making relationships; Learning new skills; Having our needs met; Making choices; Projecting our own identity and personality; Taking part in family, community, leisure pursuits; Making sense of the world; For these reasons, developing a person's communication skills should be a priority, and will almost certainly be done most effectively in their everyday environment, with care staff and family members they are familiar with. In the care setting in which I worked I witness the use of sign language in the form of makaton been used, British sign language and body language to communicate between the clients and carers. One client also had an object board whereby he would point to the things he wanted, these included listening to music, having a bath, brushing his hair, stroking the cat, it appeared obvious that every attempt was made to help the client's to be able to communicate their needs. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Healthcare section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Healthcare essays

  1. Equality, diversity and rights

    the little girl called Victoria Climbie, it s a much known case so I don't need to go into further details about her case. But its known that Victoria could have been saved from the abuse but due to the lack of responsibility and the care of the doctors, social

  2. Research In Clinical Practise

    Data Analysis According to Cormack (2000) the approach should be appropriate to the type of data collected. Of the data collected, Cormack (2000) enquires as to whether statistical analysis is correctly performed, if there is sufficient analysis to determine whether significant differences are not attributable to variations in other relevant variables and if complete information is reported.

  1. Free essay

    Child Development (AO1)

    Developing something means to learn different skills, physical aspects, etc and involves gaining control of the body. For example, a baby will develop physically because it is still going to grow, which means the body will still be changing. Another example is if an older person is learning a new skill, like how to use a computer.

  2. communication and values

    I also tried to keep in eye contact with the child X. By doing this it made her feel I was interested in listening to what she was saying. And not ignoring her this is called solar listening. My body language encouraged the child that I was interested in her valuing her as a person and enhancing her self esteem.

  1. Communication and values

    Making sure there isn't any background noise, for example sitting in an empty room, or asking others to keep quiet. If the elderly person has a hearing impairment also if there is background noise. The elderly person may not be able to understand you if me I shout or whisper,

  2. Child Development (AO2)

    When Jayden was 4 years old, his 3-month sister died of cot death. His mother became mentally ill and had a condition called 'post-natal depression'. Because of this, he was always being looked after by relatives and was very confused at that age.

  1. Health and Social Care Unit 3 Health and Well being

    bodies are stimulated to make substances called antibodies which defend us against future infections. Our bodies make special cells which can remember and recognize infections, so if we meet the disease later on, the bodyâs defenses (the antibodies) fight, and prevent the infection from getting a hold.

  2. Health and Social Care Communication. Examples from work with a service user with ...

    Due to the fact Majella has memory problems â her thoughts can be very dis-organised and unfamiliar to her; this could lead to her being very confused. Therefore by using certain organisation mnemonics, this has helped identify parts of her childhood during the conversation, and many cues were brought up

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work