Unit 68 - Move and Position Individuals in Accordance with Their Plan of Care

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Unit 68 - Move and Position Individuals in Accordance with their Plan of Care 1.2 Describe the impact of specific conditions on the correct movement and positioning of an individual. Different medical conditions affects how we care workers need to support and to move individuals. For example a client with dementia may be in a confused state and may not recognise what we are saying or understand what we are doing when supporting her to move. In this instance it may help to take plenty of time to show the client by our actions what we need to do. In a further instance of a condition which affects the way we would need to assist an individual to move, someone with arthritis would need to be gently supported as they may be in pain when repositioning or moving and this would cause discomfort. A client who has had a stroke may have one side affected more than the other, in this case we would take this into account when moving in order to not put pressure on the client's weaker side. Someone with a visual disability may need more verbal and kinesthetic assistance and guidance, perhaps more reassurance than others, to give then a clearer 'direction' given their lack of sight. 2.1 Describe how current legislation and agreed ways of working affect working practices related to moving and positioning individuals Legislation which affects current working practices include the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations - this covers the requirement for risk assessment, for risks when moving and positioning individuals and how they must be assessed, acted on and reviewed, and that all staff must be trained in the moving and positioning of individuals. The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations - LOLER - introduce the requirement for employers to provide lifting equipment that is safe to use and maintained and that staff must be provided
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