Reflective account on a physical intervention.
At the residential care home I work in, I have been looking after a young person initials FS. She can get very aggressive at times so any changes that may involve her; she is to be made aware of, So she can process the information and come to terms with it before anything happens or is put into place. This can be anything from a new staff member joining the team to a new bed time routine. We let FS know this information early so she can come to turns with the changes in her life and doesn’t get upset or put out by anything. If she does feel upset about anything that goes on she doesn’t like it and this is when we tend to get an increase in negative behaviours from her.
Our company had recently been taken over and we had been told to decorate and refurbish our home with new furniture and soft accessories. We had told FS weeks in advance there would be decorators coming to paint her bedroom so it would be nice and fresh for her, but before they came she needed to clean her room as it was a complete mess and if she didn’t do so by a certain time then staff would have to go in her room and do it for her. FS had three weeks to tidy her room and kept saying to staff that she would be doing it as she hated when staff went into her room and really didn’t want them to clean it. FS was constantly reminded that she needed to clean her room as the time was getting nearer and nothing was being done.
The date had come the day before the decorators were coming and FS room had to be tidied. FS went off to school and staff got started on her bedroom putting her belongings into boxes so when she was ready she could go through her things. We also pushed her furniture into the middle of the bedroom so we could give it a real good deep clean. Staff cleaned FS bedroom top to bottom removing all the litter, dust and rubbish that had accumulated and as FS very rarely cleaned her room it had got to a very bad state. Her room was...