Identify a Vulnerable Adult from My Recent Clinical Experience. It Will Reflect on the Physical, Social, Environmental and Psychological Factors That Contributed to Her Vulnerability and Discuss How They Were Addressed in Practice. Essay

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This assignment will identify a vulnerable adult from my recent clinical experience. It will reflect on the physical, social, environmental and psychological factors that contributed to her vulnerability and discuss how they were addressed in practice. To maintain confidentiality, in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s code of professional conduct (2008), the name of the person, hospital and the trust have been changed. The Lord Chancellors department (1997) defines a vulnerable adult as “a person over the age of 18 years, who is, or may be in need of community care services, for reasons of mental health, disability, age or illness and is, or may be unable to take care of, or protect themselves from harm or exploitation.” Vulnerable groups are often described as being those at risk of poor, physical psychological and social health, therefore we are all at risk of becoming vulnerable at some point in our lives. Groups that have a higher risk of becoming vulnerable include, children, people with learning and physical disabilities, people suffering with mental health problems, chronically ill people and the elderly. Age concern (1986) defines vulnerability in the elderly as ‘people in need of some support, help and/or advice in order to prevent personal or social deterioration or breakdown. Without this their level of dependency on others or their ability to manage their lives as they wish, might deteriorate to the point of necessitating their removal to institutional care, which is not their preferred option and might otherwise be prevented or postponed (page 11).’ This statement is proven in my clinical experience. Whilst on placement on a busy acute medical ward, at a local hospital, I helped to care for an elderly lady, whom I shall refer to as Mrs Berry. Mrs Berry was 87 and had been admitted to hospital following a fall

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