Individual needs within the health and social care sectors

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Katie-May Hall

Btec Diploma in Health and Social Care

Unit 2: Individual Needs within the Health and Social Care Sectors


Case Study

Holly is a 47-year-old woman who has been divorced for 6 years so she is now a single parent with the sole care of her two daughters who are aged 8 and 10.  Her marriage was good in the early days, but became troubled when her ex-husband started drinking and became violent.  Because of the violence she became estranged from her family so she moved to rural Lincolnshire for a fresh start and to provide a secure and new beginning for her two daughters.  The school her daughters attend is a local village school with only 100 pupils and her girls enjoy going there.  She enjoys time with her children and is very close to them, and they are happy not having contact with their father.  

The house she rents is a basic two bedroomed terraced home with a small garden it is very old but in fairly good condition. Because of its age and rural location she has no central heating but has storage heaters that are expensive to run, the landlord has recently installed UPVC double-glazing but the home remains cold in winter. The rent is fair for the area and she gets housing benefit to contribute to the costs.

.  She works full time at a local farm as a fruit a vegetable packer this is also a cold and damp environment and she suffers from stiff joints by the end of her working day. There are 20 other members of staff some who are from Poland and Croatia but she enjoys the interaction with her co-workers and has picked up some of the language and enjoys learning about their varied culture.

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She has a full car licence but cannot afford a car. Weak transport links make it difficult for her to shop so she relies on the corner shop which is expensive; this also leads too poor diet choices. Holly’s health is a problem she currently smokes 40 cigarettes a day this has lead to numerous chest infections this is not helped by the cold and damp at home. She is now over weight this also contributes to her lack of good mobility. She has no hobbies as all the transport links to the local town finish at 7pm this ...

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