Health and social, Unit 2, Task 1
Individual needs within the health and social care sectors
Susan Smith is 29 years old. She has been addicted to alcohol since the age of 17. She has lost everything due to her addiction, her home, her job and her daughter the thing that hurts her the most is that she isn’t that bothered, of course she was hurt but in the end that cold litre of cider was her company what else did she need?
Susan has tried many things to get her back on track, rehab, meetings, visiting Bella, the lost daughter that doesn’t want anything else but for her own mum to hold her in her arms. Nothing has worked! Susan is a very needy person. Susan likes to be centre of attention but, she frightens everyone she meets, she needs help!
The everyday needs of Susan…
The table below describes the everyday needs of Susan and an individual in society. The table shows how the two lives’ compare…
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Explaining the potential affects of four factors that can influence the health and subsequent needs of individuals in society.
Action plan for Susan Smith
- To stop drinking
- To start exercising
- To eat a well balanced diet
- To reduce the stress in her life
In order for this to be a realistic plan with a chance of Susan succeeding all targets should not be addressed at once. The time scale for achieving the targets should be practical and reasonable.
The potential physical, social and emotional effects on the individual who achieves their targets in the action plan.
When Susan achieves her targets she should find that she has changed her lifestyle for the better.
By giving up drinking Susan will gain the following physical benefits…
- Reduce her risk of illness or death caused by liver cirrhosis. (Irreversible scarring of the liver, this happens because healthy liver cells die and the dead cells are replaced by fibrous tissue.)
- Reduces her risk of Stomach ulcers and gastrointestinal complications, as well as fertility problems, weight gain, and depletion of certain vitamins and minerals.
- Reduces her risk of high blood pressure, a risk factor of heart attacks.
Socially Susan will find that she enjoys the taste of food more. She will have more time to be able to focus on her daughter instead of spending her free time at the pub.
The emotional effects that Susan will find that people will no longer be scared to be in her company. Her clothes and body will no longer smell of alcohol. She will find that her skin will improve, she won’t look so tired and old.
By improving her nutritional intake Susan will improve her physical health. She will prevent the risk of diseases such as cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. By Susan improving her nutritional intake she is improving her overall wellbeing.
By Susan changing her diet she will feel the emotional benefits that give a sense of achievement as she takes control of her health and will also, among other benefits improve her digestive system.
The social benefits Susan will benefit from eating a much more varied diet and enjoy eating a much wider range of products, she will be more welcoming to experiment with a range of international foods.
By exercising more frequently Susan will gain the following physical benefits…
- Increase the efficiency of heart and lungs and reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Improve high blood pressure, reduce the risk of osteoporosis and increase strength and stamina.
- Reduce the overall risk of cancer
By being physically active on a regular basis will lift depression because Susan “feel-good hormones” are stimulated. So exercise will help improve anxiety and mental and physical alertness so reducing Susan’s stress levels.
By joining a dance or fitness club Susan is able to create a circle of friends within her group.
As Susan’s life style changes her stress levels will begin to reduce. By dealing with stress better she will be calmer around her daughter and friends. Susan will find that she is sleeping better and so when she has to drop her daughter at school she will be able to socialize instead of being grumpy.
As Susan becomes less stressed and anxious she will find that she is able to enjoy her social life much more and so her family and friends will enjoy spending time with her.
Describe factors which may influence the ability of the individual to adhere to an action plan
Susan’s ability to stick to her action plan will depend not only on her will-power but the influence of friends and family. The encouragement and support will play a large part in how Susan achieves her goals.
Susan’s Motivation is her daughter, by having Bella back in her life she will do as much as she can to keep it that way. She knows she is strong enough to stop drinking and to start building a better life not only for her daughter but for herself aswell.
Hazards in the workplace are covered by health and safety legislation.
Whittington hospital risk assessment…
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This is a good piece of work, detailing very positive ways forward for the client to improve upon her lifestyle and get her life 'back on track'. It focuses on the client's needs and meets the aims of the report. The only weakness is the risk assessment that is put in at the end of the assignment. It is not clearly linked to the client and this should be done prior to submission. ****