Maintain and Develop Skills

Each individual will have different needs and therefore the assistance that they require will vary from person to person and from whom. Care workers should work in partnership with the individual to develop and maintain skills for everyday life as equals. Different methods used to develop and maintain skills include the use of picture cards, demonstration and explanation of what to do how and why.
Individuals may need support to maintain everyday skills for several reasons, at different stages of life individuals may have different health problems that affect their life for everyday skills. It could be due to being elderly and frail, having had a stroke or a deteriorating illness such as arthritis or dementia, they all cause physical support needs. Physical health problems can prevent the individual from doing everyday skills such as, shopping, cooking, and cleaning and not be able to attend to their own personal hygiene.   For example the individual may have had a stroke and has been left with a weakness down one side of their body making it difficult to walk as they did before the stroke, which hinders how they manage to get dressed and washed or to make a cup of tea and carry it to the table. An assessment would therefore be carried out by the Occupational therapist who will establish the aids that the individual may need to help them with their mobility and exercises given by the Physiotherapist will help the individual to regain their strength enabling the individual to regain life skills which in turn will increase their confidence and general wellbeing.
Individuals with Mental health issues may need support to maintain and regain or develop skills for everyday life. For example an individual that has been left to live alone after the loss of a partner and is suffering with depression and having difficulty preparing and cooking meals as their partner had always done this activity the individual will need support to develop and maintain cooking...