Unit 393 Understand Sensory Loss

Unit 4222-393 Understanding Sensory Loss (SS MU 3.1)

Understand the factors that impact on an individual with sensory loss
Outcome 1.1
There are a range of factors that can impact on an individual with sensory loss whether it be sight, hearing or both. We rely on our senses of sight and hearing to be able to carry out our day to day activities. Individuals who have communication difficulties can prevent them from expressing their choices and needs giving them a feeling of isolation. If an individual cannot communicate properly there may become a danger that they won’t receive the appropriate care. For instance, if they are unable to communicate they are in pain or feeling hungry or need help with personal hygiene this may lead them to become frustrated or angry. It is important to overcome any communication barrier to ensure the individual’s physical, emotional and social needs are met.
Outcome 1.2
Societal attitudes and beliefs have a huge impact on an individual with sensory loss, as people with any sort of sensory loss tend to withdraw from the community due to a lack of confidence and support. Other factors that could impact on the individual can be a lack of information, money or no awareness as to what they need or what they are entitled to can also cause problems. These problems could lead to isolating themselves, being depression or even committing suicide. Abuse and harassment are also experienced by individuals with sensory loss, with people experiencing harassment such as mental and physical abuse, domestic violence and financial abuse.
Outcome 1.3
Other factors and societal beliefs that may have an impact on an individual with sensory loss are unemployment and poverty. Individuals with sensory loss are less likely to get a job than anyone else, this is because of the employer’s attitudes and lack of knowledge of programmes such as Access to Work. Sensory loss sufferers have difficulty in completing job application forms, accessing information...