Provide Support to Maintain and Develop Skills for Everyday Life

Unit 59: Provide Support to Maintain and Develop Skills for Everyday Life

1 Understand the context of supporting skills for everyday life
      1.1 Compare methods for developing and maintaining skills for everyday life
      It is not the role of the care to do things “for” the individuals you care for but to do things “with” them by working in partnership with the individual and support their decisions, regarding their care and support them to do as much as possible for themselves. If you provide too much care for an individual they can lose skills, not learn new skills and do not regain skills they have lost. These skills can include eating and drinking, personal cleaning and dressing, sleeping or communicating. Approaches used to develop or maintain these skills will depend on the person you are supporting and should be based on factors such as the type of skill, capacity, ability, living situation and the outcome they want to achieve.
In order to develop an individual’s skill for everyday life it is important to support the individual to make as many decisions about their care as possible ensuring the care they receive remains person centred. For example, a service user may wish to develop their cooking skills and prepare a meal for them self. The service user may feel they would just like their staff member to supervise them in the kitchen to ensure they remain safe as they prepare the meal however the staff member disagrees and significantly contributes to cooking the meal for them. This is an ideal example of a carer carrying out a task for the service user instead of working with them, limiting the development of their skill and ignoring the decision the service user made about the care they wanted to receive in this area.
The first method for maintaining skills is through encouragement.  For example, if you know they should be doing physical exercises that the physiotherapist or nurse has given them, then encourage them to complete them or if you...