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Management of risk and protection of vulnerable individuals in health and social care.

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FOUNDATION DEGREE IN HEALTH AND SOCIALCARE PRINCIPALS OF CARE Management of risk and protection of vulnerable individuals in health and social care. INTRODUCTION This report is about the potential risk to an elderly person living alone, and the implementation of a risk assessment using a legal framework. Also those risks are assessed using the organisational policies and guidelines available to all care agencies to help protect and minimise risks which may be encountered by a vulnerable client group. The report also highlights the need for multi-disciplinary care agencies to uphold the importance of and implement principles of good care practice when considering the management of risks exposed to an individual and their differing needs within our society. THE DILEMMA Mrs B is an elderly lady who has been living alone within her own home. She has no relatives and has been adamant that she can care for herself. It is known that Mrs B has refused help in the past by various care services due to lack of trust and sees their involvement as an intrusion on her private life. Mrs B however. Unfortunately fell down her stairs and was admitted to hospital with a fractured femur, during a routine admission assessment of her care plan, it was observed and documented that Mrs B was considerably underweight and her clothing and general hygiene was unkempt. ...read more.

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The care plan will be guided by the organisationals specific procedures and guidelines which will be held within the work area , protocols need to be adhered to i.e. alerting concerns to a senior person, also documenting and reporting any concerns or changes, with regards to her health or circumstances. Also allocation of services as required investigating any concerns and the coordination of information, deciding in an informed way how to proceed, and monitoring the client's case whilst gathering information. This individual balancing act that multi-disciplinary teams encounter when considering the resources to manage the risks is a risky business in its self and leaves agencies uncertain of the intervention and how best to manage and seek to minimise the risks exposed to this client group. ("The protective action of others can create many risks to the life and wellbeing as those they are aimed at preventing") Nursing Older People, October 2003 Volume 15 issue 7.) Abuse can take place in many different contexts and it is important we do not exploit a vulnerable persons civil rights. Mrs B clearly had mistrust with other people becoming involved in her life. Therefore when and how to intervene builds on the concept of significant harm introduced in the Children's Act. When making an assessment of an individual many factors need to be considered. For example the extent of vulnerability and risk of repeated acts that meet the criteria of the Community Care Act 1990. ...read more.

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Department of health no secrets section 2 page 9.) LEGISLATION AND ORGANISATIONAL POLICIES AND GUIDELINES. Laws are needed to protect all people from abuse, exploitation, and acts as an advocate to govern their needs and rights, which ensures that all people are treated equally. Vulnerable people are exposed to many infringements of their rights as an individual. Mrs B needed the input of various care agencies. These agencies require guidelines and support. Appropriate training and the protection of policies and legislation to protect the risks of a care worker and a framework where help, can best manage the needs of Mrs B. Multi agency workers need to realise that every patient they care for gives them the opportunity to act as the clients advocate, ensuring the best protection of client and colleagues. Also that all risks have been minimised using the resources available and knowledge to avoid legal redress. VARIOUS POLICIES TO GUIDE THE CARE AGENCY AND PROTECT WHEN CONSIDERING THE MANAGEMENT OF RISKS. "No Secrets" guidance under section 7 of the local authority social services act 1970. Modernising social services 1998. (Government white paper). Children's act 1989. Criminal justice act 1992. Mental Health Act 1959/1983. N.H.S Community Care Act 1990. Department of health (Seeking Consent) guidelines. Stockport all agency adult protection policy. Leaving hospital: elderly people and their discharge to community care: Report to the Department of Health. London; HMSO (Neill, June Williams, Jenny (1992) Department of Health (2001 National service framework for older people. London: Department of Health. Elaine Davidson. Student No:0305638. 1 ...read more.

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