Assisting a family member
Compromised needsThe concept of "need" Complexity of home care Helping, compensating, replacing, informing Person-centered care
- The concept of "need"
- Complexity of home care
- Help, compensate, replace, inform
- Person-centered care
Help, compensate, replace, inform
These four basic concepts of care provide an idea of the work that you are committed to doing with the client and how their activities are organized.
We must never forget that the main function of the carer is to promote autonomy, where possible, and in order to do so it is necessary to interpret the needs of the patient and intervene by evaluating the situation from time to time.
It is important to remember that, to deal with any type of problem, it is good to first collect objective data and take action at a later time. The work to be carried out is subordinated to the degree of dependence or independence: what needs to be done is therefore to analyze the needs and evaluate the type of intervention.
In fact, if the person is completely independent, assistance is not absolutely necessary.
Does the patient completely lack the strength to carry out their activities independently? Replacement surgery is probably needed.
Does the patient partially lack strength? We are faced with a problem of scarcity: in this case it will be necessary to intervene by compensating for what the subject is unable to carry out in complete autonomy, without however completely replacing him.
Finally, if you are faced with a problem of minor deficiency, the caregiver's task is to inform / educate.
Each intervention takes place in a context of increasing complexity.
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