Introduction Essay

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Introduction to duty of care in health, social care or children’s and young people’s settings 1.1 As a care worker we have a duty of care towards the people we support. Duty of care means providing care and support for all individuals within the law and also within the policies and procedures. We must always act in the best interests of the individuals we support and their families. We must do everything we can to keep them from harm, provide them with the highest quality of care to the best of our ability. We must make sure their dignity remains and that they are always given a choice about the care they receive. Our employer also has a duty of care for all staff members, ensuring staff do not work excessive hours, that all equipment is tested regularly and providing the correct levels of training for staff. 1.2 My duty of care can be affected in my work role as I need to ensure that I keep myself and residents safe from harm at all times while I carry out my job to the best of my ability. I need to ensure I always read residents care plans and any risk assessments made so I can care for the residents in the way in which they request and can also be aware of any changes. I need to monitor residents daily and make sure everything is rescored in the correct way. 1.3 Dilemma may include *Resident may want privacy in the bathroom but is not safe for the resident to be alone as they may have poor mobility. * Residents may be diabetic but wants to eat lots of sweets and cakes that friends may have brought in and they may refuse there medication for diabetes. * residents may want to leave the building and go to the hops on their own however they may have poor mobility and or dementia so would be very dangerous to do so. *resident refuses to use wheel chair to go to the bathroom and wants to walk on their own however their mobility is very poor and they

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