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In this part of my assignment I am going to evaluate the influence of two major theories of ageing on health and social care provision. Firstly, I am going to discuss the different services available to older people in health and social care.

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In this part of my assignment I am going to evaluate the influence of two major theories of ageing on health and social care provision. Firstly, I am going to discuss the different services available to older people in health and social care. There are many services available for the older people and some of them include; Activities for Older People, Adult Protection, Community Transport, Home Care, Luncheon Clubs, Residential Care and Travel Passes. All of these services that I have stated are all beneficial towards the elderly. Firstly 'activities for older people' consists of a group of social workers that provide support and assistance in many ways. Tasks can include befriending, visiting, sitting, shopping and driving or any practical task which could help an individual enhance their daily living. This service will increase the individual confidence and self-esteem because they know that these professionals are here to help and encourage them in a positive way. This will help the elder individual be more comfortable with that particular individual or worker. Another service that is available for older people is the 'adult protection' which is an organisation across the U.K. that work together to increase their understanding of the abuse of vulnerable adults such as the elderly. The three main principles that make up the policy relating to 'adult protection' are as follows: 1. Everyone has the right to live their life free from violence, fear and abuse 2. All adults have the right to be protected from harm and exploitation 3. All adults have the right to independence, which involves a degree of risk. This organisation brings a positive outcome for the elderly because it helps and supports anyone who is at risk of harming themselves or others. This organisation is very good at helping and supporting older people that suffer from some kind of illness or disability and minimize the chance of abuse occurring again. ...read more.

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In most care settings I think the service providers try their best to try and meet the service user's needs and respect them as an individual. In some rare cases the service providers do plan all activities for older people. This might be because that particular individual is suffering from a disease or illness that causes a barrier for them to make a choice for themselves. Some old people are just lazy and do not want to make any choices for themselves so the service providers have to deal with them accordingly and plan their activities taking into account their needs, feelings and wants. It is essential for the service providers to take into account the service users needs and choice because this gives the service users confidence to take part in their own treatment and professionals can work together with the service user to come to an agreement that suits both of them. To be able to respect the service users needs will increase the quality of care given and it will create a positive atmosphere for the service user and provider. Also, respecting the service user's choice will empower the individuals to stay strong and take part in their treatment. By giving the service users a choice of how to participate and help themselves in order to increase the quality of care, will promote independence for the servicer user and they will feel more relaxed and comfortable to use their service again. When providing activities for older people, respecting them as an individual and respecting their needs and choices will encourage the people to stay active and participate in the activity. Being able to respect the older people's views, feelings and choices will make them feel comfortable around you and this will encourage them to participate in the social activity. Respecting the service uses choices and views will make them feel better about themselves and they will become more confident to take part in a social activity to have fun and socialise. ...read more.

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Lack of mobility and income can play a barrier when it comes to take part in social activities and hang around with friends. Although, the individual is willing to do so, but cannot due to the lack of functioning of their body. Lack of income can cause a barrier for the elderly in order to communicate and socailise with friends. I think that the disengagement theory has all weakness, mainly because no one in this present time is willing to isolate themselves from the society just because of their age. From the disengagement and activity theory, the most relevant theory relating to this present time, is going to activity theory. This is because there are more new rules and regulations coming out from the NHS highlighting the importance of living a healthy and active life to promote independence and increase self-confidence. New medication, exercise methods and healthy eating information is coming out all the time that encourages older people to stay active and live their life happily. Older people die in their late 80s and this is because there are new treatments and all the information I have given is supporting the fact that the activity theory is working on the older generation now as well. There is an increasing amount of older people living on their own, cooking for themselves and trying to keep themselves active because they know it is good for them and their body. Older adults are enjoying their retired life, to enjoy their company of friends and family. Most adults love looking after their grandchildren because they think it is fun and time passing. Some retired adults take time out to go on a holiday with their wife and family to get away from the old scene and get some sun and have fun while it lasts. There are many adults working in centers and clubs helping children and elderly people as part of their voluntary work. Nowadays, older adults participate in more clubs, pubs and more socializing activities to refresh their mind and play games with their friends. ...read more.

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