Duty of Care

Louise C Pennock

Nvq level 3

1 Understand how duty of care contributes to safe practice
      1.1 Explain what it means to have a duty of care in own work role
      1.2 Explain how duty of care contributes to safeguarding and protection of individuals
A duty of care is to have the person’s well-being first and foremost at all times. I have the obligation to ensure that all actives that I do are carefully considered and thought out.   So that I do not put the individual at risk and that it is always in their best interest and that everything is within their capabilities. If a client wanted to go shopping for instance I would have to consider their mobility, are they going to be able to get there; will I be able to park close to the shops (thereby reduce the amount of walking); have they got enough money or a means to pay for goods; are the fit enough to go out that day or should I advise them to go another day.
I had one lady who is prone to falling, she wanted to go to the bank to get some money. I tried to convince her to allow me to drive her but she insisted on walking up the hill. I then decided that if she was going to go I would walk very closely to the side of her and interlink our arms, I also insisted that she take her walking stick with her, we had a small battle but eventually she agreed. As we walked I was constantly looking for benches that we could sit on for a short period. In this way she was not losing breath or stamina, and although it would normally take ten minutes to walk and we took twenty-five, we got to the bank, without incident. When we got back to her flat, she told me how much she had been wanting to go out and had been too afraid to, and that she had enjoyed been able to go out into the fresh air and walk.
If I feel that something is of risk to either myself or others I must report it to my manager, this would enable the situation to be assessed and help to find a solution to the potential risk.
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