342 Positive Risk Taking

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342 SUPPORT POSITIVE RISK TAKING FOR INDIVIDULS 1.1 Explain ways in which risk is an integral part of everyday life Risk for most people is an accepted part of everyday life e.g. catching a bus or walking to the shops, these will carry some element of risk. Risk is associated with our health, safety, security, wellbeing, employment, education and daily activities. Some older adults are usually discouraged from taking risks with their budgeting planning, employment and their daily living skills usually because people fear for their limitations or that they might hurt themselves financially or emotionally. Everyone has the right to take risks and make decisions about their own lives, a balance should be found between customers participation in everyday activities and carers duty of care. Social are and health care policies are encouraging customers to increase their independence by being involved in a wider society i.e. leisure and work. It is impossible to eliminate risk completely but minimising and being prepared for risk can reduce the likeliness of accident. Supporting people to live independently by being part of their lives means accepting that there are risks that cannot be avoided but can be prepared for. 1.2 Explain why individuals may have been discouraged or prevented from taking risks For some people it is important to discourage them from doing certain activities for example. We have a lady who has recently come into our care as she had suffered a broken hip due to a fall. She is desperate to b as independent as possible and insists that she can shower herself. After a full risk assessment she has been advised not to take a shower on her own and that any shower must be accompanied with a carer only. 1.3 Describe the links between risk taking and responsibility, empowerment and social inclusion One of my customers suffers from
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