Health and Social Care

UNIT 504                                                                              
Outcome 4                                                                  
4.3 Evaluate own practice in promoting a balanced approach to risk management.
We need to evaluate and consider the age, needs and ability of each individual needs within the care home. Any chance of an accident or injury should be minimal, so for example, if a patient is admitted into the care home and their background is clarified as high risk of falls, then a risk assessment is put into place, to prevent the patient from falling and injuring themselves.  
We have a duty of care towards the elderly and must make sure that they are safe and the environment is safe, but there is also a balance between the risk a patient can take by planning. Organising and doing risk assessments minimizes the risk of falls, accidents and any injuries towards the individual. In our own practice of work we encourage and support individuals to make choices about how to live their lives and manage any identified risks. We promote choice and independence while supporting individuals to manage risks. If we are to deliver health and social care services that offer individuals control and choice then we need an approach to risk that is able to deliver this.
Positive risk management is an approach that recognises the importance of professional judgement, with assessment tools that inform judgement, and an understanding that the sort of society in which there is no risk is neither achievable nor desirable.
Risk management includes:                                                                                                                                                                      
*Working in partnership with people
*Help people to access and widen their opportunities and understand the       consequences of different actions
*Recognize that people learn from risk and experience enhances individual quality...