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Working environments for carers are often the living environments for care receivers. What are the issues raised by this statement?

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Part A 'Working environments for carers are often the living environments for care receivers.' What are the issues raised by this statement for the different aspects of the environment underpinning Block 4? Illustrate your answer by comparing two of the following settings: (a) family home (b) extra-care housing (c) care home (d) hospital (e) other health settings as discussed in Block 4. Caring for an individual can take place in various surroundings such as the family home, extra care housing, hospital and other health settings. However, it should be remembered that 'working environments for carers are often the living environments for care receivers'. In this assignment I will discuss this, comparing two case studies to illustrate the issues that this can raise. The first case study is that of a family home care situation featuring Veronica, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, and David, her carer whilst the second is an example of extra-care housing, Sonali Gardens. Following the move away from institutional care, an increasing number of individuals now receive complex and involved care in the home, usually by informal care givers such as David. However, this often impacts on the person being cared for and their carer in terms of their relationship and in their view of home life generally. For example, Veronica and David lived in a three bedroom house which was unsuitable for her wheelchair use. ...read more.

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The advantage of this is that it provides a living environment specifically designed to support individuals who are able to maintain a certain degree of independence whilst also providing varying degrees of professional care and support to meet the specific needs of the individual. Individuals living in extra-care housing, such as Sonali Garden, have their own self contained home complete with bedroom, lounge, kitchen and bathroom, affording them the opportunity to continue living independently and maintain their autonomy and sense of identity. However, in addition to this, the availability of communal facilities combined with the high level of support care and links to the outside world not only provides a more secure and safer environment than home but also creates an environment for individuals to build on their daily living skills and confidence. The example used in the course materials is that of Sonali Garden, an extra-care housing development for elderly Bangladeshi people consisting of thirty, one bedroom apartments and ten, two bedroom apartments. Each of the homes is designed with the needs of elderly and disabled people in mind and is equipped with walk in showers, tracking hoist and accessible kitchens. They are designed to be fully accessible for wheelchair users and meet all the necessary requirements. For example, the kitchens are designed so that a wheelchair user can get their knees under the counters, the shower rooms have slip resistant floors with level access to the shower so that they do not have to step in and out and also all doors are free swings doors which enable them to be opened with ease. ...read more.

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I think that the second example shows that, even though the relationship between the care worker and care receiver is a professional one there is still an element of familiarity present. Both have their distinctive living / working areas but the boundaries are blurred as the care workers are, to all intents and purposes, entering the homes of individuals and sharing communal spaces. 1235 words Part B Care skills: Promoting healthy and safe places and practice. 1. My garden does have stones and gravel so have to be care full with a child don't fall over make sure gate are closed at all times because my drive is straight onto the main roads. 2. In living room have a fire so make sure have a fire guard up at all times also in living room a stair gate so they can't go up the stair fall down them. 3. I also have cleaning stuff under sink so I make sure that there locked on cupboard doors so children can't mess with clearing stuff. Self-reflective notes 1. I enjoyed reading about the different settings that are around. 2. I was not sure about what I was asked to do and didn't understand the question so found it hard. 3. I am not sure yet about which block to use for the exam but I am going to read all about it over the Easter term I want to be ready for the exams and pass be proud of myself for work I have done in the last few months. ...read more.

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