Assess the Individual in Health and Social Care

Assess the individual in a health and social care setting
  1. Understand assessment processes
      2.1 Compare and contrast the range and purpose of different forms of assessment
There are many forms I use to assess an individual’s needs. The first bit of the information comes from Derby City Council, which is called a outcome based support assessment. This is what they use to identify someone’s needs and how much care they require. The information on this document is great for Derby City to use, but I also need to do my own and adapt it so it’s easier for a care worker to understand as they are the ones who will be doing the care. It’s important that I read this document before going out to do my own care plan as it gives me a bit of back ground information first. Especially if it states someone has Alzheimer’s or Dementia as I know, I will have to contact the family to arrange for them to be present at the service users property as well as the service user.
The way I assess a service users needs is by visiting them and talking to them about what care needs they require, why they think they need care and where they think there strengths and weaknesses are. I find it easier to talk with them instead of asking straight forward questions as people tend to open up more and you can get a far clearer picture and a lot more information from someone once you start having a conversation with them. It also saves time when doing a care plan as you already have most of the information you need without having to ask them again.
Different forms used during the assessment are the following
  * Falls Risk Assessment
      * Here I look at what the probability is that someone will have a fall in different circumstances such as walking, standing for long periods and rising from a chair. Depending on what the score is, then enables me to look at where we can reduce these risks to bring the score down and reduce the risk of the service user falling. I also look at what can...