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2 – 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 can provide a great benefit to an individual’s health and social care. Staying in the familiar environment of one’s own home can reduce stress, as well as lessen the fear of being placed in unfamiliar surroundings or with unknown people that may come along with transitioning into a residential setting.

Being supported to live at home provides autonomy, allowing individuals to maintain their independence while living within supportive parameters that make them feel safe.

With family members nearby for companionship and assistance when needed, it also provides assurance they will not be alone during any medical emergency requiring urgent help from outside parties such as EMS or attending physicians if required. This level of support helps foster positive mental well-being by providing comfort through familiarity and assurance during times of uncertainty when external resources are unavailable or inaccessible due to distance-related issues.

Furthermore, it enables timely access to regular checkups, which could otherwise have been difficult due to caregiving constraints posed by long distances. Being supported to stay at home offers an opportunity for individuals to maintain their relationships with family, friends and the community, thus reducing feelings of isolation or loneliness, which are major factors influencing one’s health in a negative way.

All these benefits combine to promote physical and psychological well-being, allowing an individual to live a healthier and more fulfilling life in the comfort of 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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