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Unit 28: Unit code: QCF Level 3: Credit value: Caring for Older People A/600/8983 BTEC Nationals 5 Guided learning hours: 30 Aim and purpose This unit aims to enable learners to develop an understanding of the ageing process and how the health and social care sectors work in partnership to promote and maintain the independence and wellbeing of older people. Unit introduction Demographic trends indicate an increase in the number of older people. In order to address their health and social care needs, an integrated approach to the assessment of needs and delivery of services has been adopted by the sectors. Policies relating to the support and care of older people reflect the changing attitudes of health and care professionals who see older people at the heart of planning and service delivery. The philosophy of the health and social care sectors is that of ‘healthy ageing’, with a focus on health promotion to reduce the need for admissions to hospital or residential social care. Learners will study ageing as a process, rather than a fixed age. Learners’ own values and attitudes towards older people will be considered, challenging stereotypical thinking. They will research issues relating to ageing, and develop an understanding of the factors which may impact on the independence, health and wellbeing of older people. They will also consider the quality of the ‘end of life’ stages, and potential choices associated with them. Learners will research legislation, working frameworks and policies which underpin the work of the health and social care sectors. The role of health and social care workers, and how they must work together to meet the holistic needs of older people will also be explored. The unit has close links with Unit 4: Development Through the Life Stages, Unit 11: Safeguarding Adults and Promoting Independence, Unit 9: Values and Planning in Social Care and

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