Social Care, Nvq Essay

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Unit 4222-212 Outcome 1 1. Explain the importance of a holistic approach to managing pain and discomfort. It's important because, if you look only at the pain itself and not other factors such as fear, you will miss the opportunity to address that fear and by addressing fear, you could potentially reduce the amount of pain relief the individual will require (avoiding some of the unpleasant side effects when taken in large doses). Similarly, a person may not speak up about just how much pain they are in because they don't want to be a 'nuisance' - pain is not just uncomfortable or distressing psychologically, pain and fear both have effects upon the heart, oxygen requirements as a person breathes faster etc - so it is important to address it from all angles and not just one. 2. Describe different approaches to alleviate pain and minimise discomfort. Repositioning individuals and adjustments to bedding, heating, lighting or noise can also be a factor and the use of specialised mattresses such as air mattresses and equipment and pressure reducing aids can help to alleviate pain. There are many options to minimise discomfort such as : - Doctors most often use conventional methods such as drugs. - Physiotherapists rely on physical means of treatment such as; massages, electrical therapies, hot or cold packs and complementary therapists use methods such as: acupuncture, herbal medication, aromatherapy or chiropractic. - Relieving anxiety by talking to therapies. 3. Outline agreed ways of working that relate to managing pain and discomfort. Homes policies for pain management. Prescribed medication- via GP Homely remedies Practical measures from Health care assistance i.e. changing positions of individuals etc. Outcome 2 1. Describe how pain and discomfort may affect an individual's wellbing and comunication. Severe pain or discomfort could have

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