Unit 95 Health and Social Qcf Level 3

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Unit 95 1.1) Risk for most people is an accepted part of everyday life e.g. catching a bus or walking to the shop, will carry some element of risk. Risk is associated with our health, safety, security, wellbeing, employment, education, daily activities. Some adults such as those who are disabled or who are older are usually discouraged from taking risks with their budgeting, planning, employment and their daily living skills usually because people fear for their limitations or that they might hurt themselves or others. Everyone has the right to take risks and make decisions about their own lives, a balance should be found between service user’s participation in everyday activities and the carer’s duty of care. It should be noted that it is impossible to eliminate risk completely, however minimising and being prepared for risk by preventative action. Supporting people to live independently by taking part of their lives means accepting that there are risks that can’t be avoided but can be prepared for. 1.2) For some services, approaches to risk have been a problem because they have been concerned with avoiding potentially harmful situations for the service user and staff. People need to take risk to achieve things on their own merit, but there are people who should support them but will discourage them from taking risks because of perceived perceptions of the persons limitations. Risk taking can have benefits for the individual as it will enable them to do things most people take for granted. 1.3) Sometimes we all have to take risks to get what we really want. It’s a part of living a full life. Supporting individuals to take risks to do what they have chosen to do is part of a person centred way of working. This is about asking the person, reading their file and speaking to others about the individual's background, and what their preferences, wishes and needs are.
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