SUPPORTING SIGNIFICANT LIFE EVENTS

Unit title:   SUPPORTING SIGNIFICANT LIFE EVENTS
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Unit code:                 D/601/1648
Level:                                     5
Credit value:                        15



AIMS
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to investigate the support available for thoseexperiencing significant life events and the effectiveness of service responses in supporting suchindividuals.

UNIT ABSTRACT
In this unit learners will investigate how individuals may be supported through expected andunexpected transitions associated with the human life cycle and with adjustment to change suchas entering, moving within, or leaving a health and social care service. The responsibilities ofensuring that a service is responsive to the needs of individuals experiencing trauma and loss willbe discussed.

Learners will look at ways in which health and social care services may contribute to themaintenance of dignity and self-image for those experiencing trauma and loss. Learners will alsoexplore how staff working with individuals experiencing significant life events may also besupported.

This unit is recommended for those learners who have had experience of managing health andsocial care services.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

1          Understand how significant life events impact on individuals and their social networks
2          Understand the support available for individuals experiencing significant life events
3          Be able to analyse responses made by health and social care services to support individualsexperiencing significant life events.


UNIT CONTENT

1          Understand how significant life events impact on individuals and their socialnetworks
Life events: events and transitions associated with life stages (childhood, adolescence,adulthood, middle age, old age, dying); physical, social, psychological changes relating to eglifestyle, relationships, health, illness, disability, economic circumstances, cultural difference
Impact: psychological eg depression, emotional stress; physical eg reduced mobility, loss offunction; social eg behavioural, detachment
Groups: life partnerships, family, friends, communities; care workers, colleagues; users ofhealth and social care services

2          Understand the support available for individuals experiencing significant lifeevents
Support received from: family, friends, groups, communities; other users of health and socialcare services, care workers
Support: based on policies and procedures eg confidentiality, bereavement, accessingspecialist services
External sources of support: specialists within the health and social care sector and theframework within which they work; support therapies eg counselling, aromatherapy; cultural,faith communities; agencies eg the Deaf Society, the Royal National Institute of Blind People(RNIB), the Dementia Association; information and advice eg financial, legal

3          Be able to analyse responses made by health and social care services to supportindividuals experiencing significant life events
Organisational responses: applying policies and procedures; critical incident responses;routines; support for those in social networks; respect for rituals; adaptations to service egequipment; personal care
Personal experiences: in the workplace, other experience (at the discretion of individuallearners) sufficient to recognise place of learner self-awareness in relation to supportingothers
Recommendations: for improvement to support eg for policies, procedures, organisational culture, management style, accommodation and facilities



learning outcomes and assessment criteria


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of
this unit a learner will:

Assessment criteria for pass

The learner can:
LO1    Understand how significant life events impact on individuals and their social networks
1.1 explain the impact of significant life events on individuals
1.2 analyse possible group responses to significant life events that occur to one of its members
1.3 analyse the impact for others in health and social care when an individual experiences significant life events
LO2    Understand the support available for individuals experiencing significant life events
2.1 evaluate the effectiveness of organisational policies and procedures in supporting individuals and their social  networks affected by significant life events
2.2 explain how others in social networks may provide support to individuals experiencing significant life events
2.3 evaluate the suitability of external sources of support for  those affected by significant life events
LO3    Be able to analyse responses made by health and social care services to support individuals experiencing significant life events.
3.1 analyse possible organisational responses to the need to support individuals experiencing a significant life event
3.2 reflect on own personal contributions to the support of individuals experiencing significant life events
3.3 make recommendations for improving the support available in a health and social care organisation for individuals and their social networks when affected by significant life events.
ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

There are no specific requirements for this unit.


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