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Non-verbal Communication.

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HOSPITAL STUDIES - ASSIGNMENT 1 Part A When assessing somebody for the first time, it is important to look at his or her behaviour. It is crucial that the patient/client is listened to as well as looked at. This allows the carer to obtain a full assessment of the patient both in how they look and how they feel. During my placement, I often had the chance to approach various residents. I spoke to and observed one of the male residents, I found that I could assess him and use his symptoms to answer the following questions: * What non-verbal communication could I observe? * Was he in any pain? * What was his skin colour like? * What was his skin integrity like? * Was he sweating? * Was he very active? Did he feel very active? * Was his breathing OK? * What was his posture like? ...read more.


Although this was the case, he still seemed attentive and always willing to talk - he did not seem to want to let his illness get him down. Breathing The residents breathing rate was very shallow and low. This may have been due to the bowel problems he had with his illness. The medication he was taking could also have had an affect on his breathing rate. As the resident was fairly tired at the time, he may have been feeling very rested and lethargic making his breathing rate lower due to being inactive. Posture The residents posture was continuously changing throughout the assessment. When I entered the room he was slumped in his chair. This gave me very negative non-verbal body language and felt that he wasn't interested in talking to anybody. His posture soon changed though when I began talking to him, he sat up in his chair and leaned forward showing good body posture. ...read more.


Another way of communicating with a deaf person would be to write the message down on a piece of paper rather than saying it verbally. If the deaf person was able to lip-read then the carer could speak and write to the resident at the same time. This would give the client a better understanding of what they were saying. As the carer can explain in writing what he/she is saying, they could also explain with pictures and diagrams. These pictures may make it harder to understand a message than in writing but it gives the resident more of a challenge and allows them to think for themselves. Gestures and body postures are particularly important when communicating with a person who is deaf or particularly deaf. By nodding my head to the resident during communication, showed that I was listening to what she had to say and that I was interested. I felt that by showing an interest in what she was saying, it prompted her to continue speaking. ...read more.

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