Unit 9 Task 1 – Values and planning.
When looking after an individual in a care home, careworkers are expected to take a holistic approach. This is when they are lookedat as a whole, rather than at some of their aspects. Everything about theindividual is taken in, and catered for as best as possible. The principles andvalues of the work place underpin holistic care.
There are many principles and values that care workers willfollow when developing a care plan for a service user. They are: Empowerment of individuals – This is allowing an individual youmake their own choices, and allowing them to control their life by giving theminformation. When planning care, the care user should be asked about theirneeds, and if this is what they want.
This empowers them. Promotion of choice – Allowing the individual more than oneoption, and are encouraged to pick whatever option they feel will suit them.This includes allowing them to make and choose their own options.
Promotion of rights – This is knowing of the rights, andenforcing them in that workplace. The care provider must ensure that all therights of the care user are being met when making the care plan. For example;”right to dignity,” Service providers would have to ensure the care plan doesnot affect the individual’s dignity in any way. Recognition of preferences – This is looking at thepreferences of the individual, and applying them accordingly. This can bethings such as food preference, likes and dislikes, and their daily routine(such as what time they prefer to eat and wash).
Involvement of individuals in planning their support – Thisone is important, as it is getting the individuals opinion, allowing for it tobe adjusted accordingly. Involving the service user brings in their preferences,empowers them, gives them choice, and allows for beliefs, morals, and values tobe incorporated into their lives. Respect for religious beliefs, moral beliefs, and values –These are things that the individual believes in. The service user must allow forthe individual to follow what they believe in, and must not try to change them,or prevent them from doing so in anyway. Respect for culture – The service provider should makethemselves aware of cultural differences and have them catered for in the careplan. The service user must be allowed to live by their cultural beliefs,without them being hindered in anyway. Anti-discriminatory practice – For any differences theservice user may have compared to the service provider, or other service users,they must not be treated unfairly. Anti-discriminatory practice is treatingeveryone fairly, despite any difference such as religion, sex, age, cultureetc.
These are part of what is needed to provide holistic care.Holistic care benefits not only the service user, but the service provider aswell. For the service user, it improves their overall quality of life. They canpractice their beliefs without hinderance. As well as this, the individual getsto keep their individuality and have their own choices. This benefits them asthey will not feel as though they are useless and incapable. Another benefit for the service users, is that they get asay in their support.
This means they don’t have to change their daily routinefrom what they are used to. This allows them to live comfortably in the newenvironment. The holistic approach also benefits the individual’s healthand wellbeing. In the process of a are plan being made, any medicalillnesses/conditions are accounted for.
In the care plan, methods used to improvethe condition are incorporated, and the individual can play a role in caringfor their own health, with support from care workers and other professionals. In the process of making a care plan, the service user canbenefit by achieving goals. If they have a goal in mind, then it can beincorporated into the care plan. Doing this, allows for the individual to learnnew skills that affect that area. This benefits the individual’s intellectualdevelopment.
The service provider benefits from a holistic approach tocare as well. They get to know the details of the patient, making it easier forthe service provider to work with them. It can give the service providerconfidence in their work, as they will know how to treat them, and how they cansupport them. Also, the care worker can benefit from this as they can makeconnections with other professionals.
This is beneficial as if there is anissue with the service user, then they will have another person to contactabout that issue (as many professionals are involved in the holistic approach).This might be an individual the service user prefers, or their preferredprofessional. Another benefit to social worker is that each service usercreates a new learning experience. The service provider has the opportunity tolearn about cultural and religious differences and how to cater from them.
Theyalso learn about other differences an individual may have. This gives good lifeexperience that the service provider will use repeatedly. Within the process of planning, many professionals areinvolved, this is known as a multi-disciplinary team.
They work to preventproblems occurring in the plan within various specific areas. It leads to thebetter care of the service user. This is because many different opinions are considered.The different opinions help to point out what may have been missed by otherprofessionals, and allow them to be catered for, whereas they may have beenmissed before. All the different workers cover areas specific to their roll.
This is how they cover what others may miss. Knowing this, all theprofessionals work together, with the service user, to find the most effectiveway to cover each area. As well as this, un-realistic support plans can beprevented. Another reason multi-agency working is a used method, isbecause it increases the number of resources available to the individual.
Ifthere are more professionals to work with each other, and the service user,then that opens more services that can be accesses for that individual. This isbecause each professional has specific resources that the individual can use,if necessary. So, if there are professionals working together to make a careplan, these services can be made use of. Finally, multi-agency working is used to improve relationsbetween practitioners, and improve staff abilities. This helps for careplanning as it improves the relations between the workers, thus improvingfuture plans, when they need renewing.
As the practitioners work together, theywill broaden their views, and come to understand how the other practitionerswork, as well as how their opinions can work with others. As they improve atworking together to make a care plan, they will be able to improve on areasthat may need it, without causing issues for other areas managed by otherpractitioners. As we can see, a lot goes into planning care for anindividual, and there is a lot that is based on the principles and values ofthe workplace, as well as those of the individual. All of this contributes tothe holistic approach, which is used to create a care plan that supports theservice user.
Many individuals are involved in the creation of a care plan, inorder to improve its quality and cater for each area.