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1 – Unit 81 -Support individuals to live at home

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1.1 Describe how being supported to live at home can benefit an individual.

Living at home with the support of a health and social care professional can be hugely beneficial for an individual. With this type of care, the person can remain in familiar surroundings, helping them maintain a sense of independence and comfort while also receiving assistance that ensures their safety.

It also allows them to stay connected with family members or other close friends who are essential sources of companionship and comfort.

The presence of an experienced care provider helps ensure that individuals’ needs are met on an ongoing basis while they remain at home. This could include monitoring chronic conditions such as diabetes, administering medication accurately or helping access specialist services when needed – activities that may otherwise have been more difficult, if not impossible, without external help. Health professionals can provide vital expertise about illnesses, which would benefit the overall well-being and quality of life of the supported individual too.

Carers visiting regularly might encourage good nutrition by assisting in food preparation and supporting healthier eating habits through advice or physical help with shopping and menu planning. They can also assist in managing physical and mental health through support activities like exercise programmes, talking therapies or help with attending appointments. This could help improve an individual’s overall sense of well-being and promote their ability to continue living independently at home for longer.

The care provider may also be able to provide companionship, significant if the person is feeling lonely or isolated due to limited social interaction with friends and family members outside the home environment–something that could lead to depression if left unchecked. In addition, they might lend a helping hand in performing daily tasks such as laundry, which can become increasingly more difficult over time even though it was once easy enough for individuals themselves to take on such responsibilities when younger years ago.

Having professional health care support at home is beneficial not only from a medical standpoint but from a quality-of-life one, too; offering necessary assistance without having to leave familiar surroundings has significant advantages for those requiring additional external help while they stay in their own home.

Other answers in the full document:

  • 2.2 Compare the roles of people and agencies who may be needed to support an individual to live at home.

  • 3.3 Explain the importance of providing information about benefits, allowances and financial planning which could support individuals to live at home.

  • 1.4 Explain how risk-management contributes to supporting individuals to live at home.

  • 2.1 Identify with an individual the strengths, skills and existing networks they have that could support them to live at home.

  • 2.2 Identify with an individual their needs that may require additional support and their preferences for how the needs may be met.

  • 2.3 Agree with the individual and others the risks that need to be managed in living at home and ways to address them.

  • 3.1 Support the individual and others to access and understand information about resources, services and facilities available to support the individual to live at home.

  • 3.2 Work with the individual and others to select resources, facilities and services that will meet the individual’s needs and minimise risks.

  • 3.3 Contribute to completing paperwork to apply for required resources, facilities and services, in a way that promotes active participation.

  • 3.4 Obtain permission to provide additional information about the individual in order to secure resources, services and facilities.

  • 4.1 Agree roles and responsibilities for introducing additional support for an individual to live at home.

  • 4.2 Introduce the individual to new resources, services, facilities or support groups.

  • 4.3 Record and report on the outcomes of additional support measures in required ways.

  • 5.1 Work with the individual and others to agree methods and timescales for ongoing review.

  • 5.2 Identify any changes in an individual’s circumstances that may indicate a need to adjust the type or level of support.

  • 5.3 Work with the individual and others to agree revisions to the support provided.

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