For my assignment I have been asked to explain the role of supportive relationships in reducing the risk of abuse and neglect. Supportive relationships help reduce stress and improve an individual’s general health and well-being. The more people in an individual’s life it is more likely that they will have a supportive relationship with one of them. It is important to make time to develop and reinforce relationships by meeting up with them by going out and having fun with them.
Developing an effective working relationship with individuals is important for a professional care worker, its all about using communication skills correctly and using the two way process and making a connection with other person. To have a relationship you need to understand what makes them work so you can make useful and supportive relationships with work colleagues. Listening is an important part of supportive relationships. When someone has had a hard day, is going through a crisis or has a problem sometimes being able to talk about their feelings will release their stress and they will feel better about themselves.
They may want to share the experience, vent frustration about the situation or have someone to agrees with their feelings. Knowing the people around you can bring a sense of security and a sense of pride. It’s nice to know you can depend on those around you in times of a crisis and it makes coming home feel nicer too e. g. proactive parents support individuals through difficult times such as unemployment. They help by encouraging the individual to seek employment and may support them financially. Some supportive skills be; ·Ask about their feelings and listen ·Don’t offer advice without asking permission Reflect back what you hear so they know you were listening and you understand ·It is not a good idea to tie their feeling in with your own experience but question them about their feelings
·Listen and do not be impatient to get a word in ·Pay attention to the people around you to notice any negative energy that drains people or positive energy that makes people feel good ·Do not judge the situation and tell them what they should as we all have different values ·Be empathetic by putting yourself in their shoes ·Be sympathetic even if you are disappointed that they cannot go out on a planned evening out. Communicate any differences in a sensitive way ·Be emotionally honest which may mean being a little vulnerable Supportive relationships add quality to our lives. The people we trust and know help us to celebrate in the good times and help us through the tough times. Having strong supportive relationships is known to provide emotional help during stressful times, reduce stress, increase life span and give greater levels of happiness. It is important to have a number of people in an individual’s life that can give support. I now have to idenfity the care issues that occur in three case studies that have been provided.
In the first case study it describes a woman called nancy who has moved into a care home as she is paralysed down one side due to having a stroke and her husband has recently died. The care issues idenified here are that she has just lost her husband so therefore will be feeling lonely and depressed. Also due to having to move into a care home she could be feeling angry and upset as she has to leave her family home. She may be feeling isolated and lose of independance as she needs help with daily activities such as washing and dressing. Due to nancy being 70 years old she may be feeling frail and lost.
In the second case study is about a man called Charles who has also had a stroke, he lives at home with his wife and 3 children. He is paralysed down one side and his speech is affected. He is physically and mentally exhausted. The care issues identified here would be that Charles would be feeling sad and depressed due to not being able to speak properly, lose of independance as he is paralysed therefore he will need help getting washed and dressed, frustrated as he was a keen golfer before the stroke and will not be able to be physical or play golf.
In the third case study it talks about a man called Peter who has been admitted to a social care setting as he suffers from muscular dystrophy but he reminds fairly independant. The care issues identified for Peter would be that he would be feeling frustrated and sad as he has to use a mobilise chair to get about, although Peter still likes to be physical. Peter has to get assistance with dressing and washing so therefore he may feel a lose of independance but he can eat and drink independently. Due to Peter developing a pressure he may now be limited to the amount of physical activity has as therefore he may feel solated and angry that he cant be as physical as he wants to be. I am now going to explain as a care worker how I would address each individuals care issues. As nancy may be feeling lonely and depressed I would sit with her and talk about anything to try and show her that shes not lonely and people care. If we develop a professional relationship this may make her comfortable and she would no longer feel lonely and depressed. Due to losing her home and having to move into the care home and feeling angry and upset , i would show nancy that the care home is a better place for her as there are alot of people here to help her and care for her.
As nancy may feel isolated and lose of independance I would try and get her involved with the other patients and help her make new friends so she doesnt feel isolated. I would also try and empower nancy to hold a pencil or draw as this would boost her independance, even though she still wont be able to dress herself other things that she may be able to do would help boost her independance back up. As a professional care worker I would help Nancy see that she can confide in me and trust me to help her.
I would communicate with Nancy daily to show her that we have a professional relationship. Developing a supportive relationship with nancy will make sure that the risk of abuse and neglect are reduced as all her needs will be met. As a care worker I would address Charles care issues by teaching him signs that would help him communicate such as nodding for yes or no etc. It would be good for Charles to attend groups with other service users who suffer the same affects as Charles as this would make him see that he isnt the only one who has been paralsyed.
I would make sure Charles needs are met daily and that he feels comfortable with me assisting him, I would help him through his daily needs which might help us build a professional relationship. This will show him that he can trust me and talk to me about anything and I can reassure him that I will help him overcome any issues that may occur. This will help mimize any signs of abuse or neglect as all his needs will be discussed and met reguraly. As a care worker I would address Peters care issues by setting up a needs assessment as he will need to be seen by a district nurse to have his dressings attended too.
Also I would check regularly to make sure no other bed sores are developing. I would help Peter remain independantly by making sure he is always feeding and drinking on his own as sometimes care workers may try to assist them. I would have conversations with Peter which will build a relationship between us and he can confide in me and this will reduce any chances of abuse or neglect as I will make sure Peters needs are intended to each day and that if any problems occur he talks to me about them.