Barriers in Communication

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Sarran Blything

P3/4. Barriers in communication.

There are a range of barriers, which effect communication and interaction with in the health and social care environments. Care practitioners must consider different ways and options of overcoming these barriers.

A Communication barrier is something which effects the flow of messages sent in the communication cycle. As shown in diagram.

I am now going to describe three barriers and how I tried to overcome them. All of which I experienced through previous jobs or work placement.

I. Sensory impairment: I visited a local residential/nursing home as part of my work placement. One lady, whom I shall name as Doris, had developed a serious hearing impairment, where she was totally deaf in both ears. She had also developed partial blindness. We had gone there to sing Christmas carols. I felt as if she had missed out on the carols so decided to ask the care workers how they communicated with her, so that I could explain to her what carols we had sang and have a conversation with her. I was amazed by their answer. They would write each letter with their finger on the palm of her hand. As they did this she would say the word they had spelt, sometimes before they had finished writing this. Due to this I was able to ask her what her favourite carols were, tell her what we had sang and ask her name. I found this was a very unique and effective way to communicate with her, which had been developed by the staff and by Doris.

II. Noise levels: Whilst working in St David’s Care in the community I wanted help a resident, (whom I will Name Florence) who had learning disabilities to write a letter to her Mother. To begin this I decided to speak clearly and slowly in order to be able to assist Florence to the best of my ability, therefore giving her the sense of self pride and achievement and confidence to write

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