Unit 20: Supporting Independent Living

    Unit 20:

Supporting Independent Living

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Unit code:
A/601/1642

QCF level:
5


Credit value:
15





• Aim
The aim of this unit is to develop learners understanding of how technology can support independent living and the implications of developments in assistive and communication technology.
• Unit abstract
Technology is used by most people to help them with their everyday lives. Mobile phones and email aid communication; the internet is a source of information; remote control devices open our car as we press a button. This same technology can help individuals to access health and social care services and live independently. As more people access Independent Living Funds and become employers of their own personal assistants, the balance is shifting from dependency towards independence. This unit fits into this important agenda.
The unit allows the learner to investigate the uses of current technology which can help individuals lead a more independent life. Health and social care workers and their employers need to understand the technologies currently available and how independence can be supported using such technology. They also need to be aware of barriers to using technology, and the implications when such technology is introduced.
There is also an opportunity for learners to examine the implications of development in technology and its impact on health and social care services and their users.
• Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this unit a learner will:
1 Understand the use of technology to support independent living
        2 Understand the implications of developments in technologies for use in health and social care
       3 Be able to suggest technologies to support independent living for users of health and social care services.
Unit content
1 Understand the use of technology to support independent living
Technological devices and systems: eg those for security, health and safety, mobility aids, aids for activities of daily living, visual, audio aids, administration of medicationpd portfolio
Communications technologies: hardware and software; information and data collection systems, web and email delivery systems; electronic forums, counselling and monitoring services; telephone and video conferencing services; electronic distribution of data via CD ROM or DVD; innovative use of standard technologies eg mobile phones, speed dial, voice activation, diary appointment systems and others as they evolve; electronic booking and recording networks
Barriers: cost, technological access difficulties, training; maintenance systems, implications of technical breakdown
Benefits: for users eg autonomy and independence, reducing risk, access to information, precision or accuracy
2     Understand the implications of developments in technologies for use in health and social care
Health and safety: associated with operation of the technology systems, consequences of technical breakdown
Ethics: considerations eg autonomy, changes in level of privacy, changes to interactions
Impact: on services, organisations and workers eg remote diagnostic and operative processes, interactions with others, relationships, confidentiality, cost benefit analysis, training
Roles of workers: workload, work scheduling, data exchange, staff development needs
3      Be able to suggest technologies to support independent living for users of health and social care services
Identification of needs: physical, intellectual, social, emotional, health
Independent living: networking in support groups, medication, access to information, automation of activities
Use of technologies: to support independent living eg individuals in residential care, supported living, individuals employing personal assistants

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

Learning outcomes
Assessment criteria for pass

On successful completion of
The learner can:

this unit a learner will:








LO1 Understand the use of

1.1
explain how technology can be used to support users of

technology to support


health and social care services in living independently

independent living

1.2
analyse barriers to the use of technology to support







users of health and social care services in living




independently



1.3
explain the benefits of these technologies to health and




social care organisations and their users






LO2 Understand the implications

2.1
explain health and safety considerations in the use of

of developments in


technologies in health and social care

technologies for use in

2.2
discuss ethical considerations in the use of technologies

health and social care




in health and social care







2.3
explain the impact of recent and emerging technological




developments on health and social care services,




organisations and care workers





LO3 Be able to recommend

3.1
identify the specific needs of an individual requiring

technologies to support


support to live independently

independent living for users

3.2
make recommendations for how technologies might

of health and social care




support the independent living arrangements

services.









3.3
evaluate the usefulness of technology for users of health




and social care services.












Guidance
Links
This unit links with most of the other units in the programme, as there are implications for almost all health and social care environments in the development of technology. There are particular opportunities for cross-referencing and integrating work between the following units:
Unit 3: Health and Safety in the Health and Social Care Workplace
Unit 9: Empowering Users of Health and Social Care Services
Unit 16: Understanding Specific Needs in Health and Social Care.
This unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care. See Annexe B for mapping.
This unit may also have links with the National Occupational Standards in Leadership and Management for Care Services. See Annexe C for mapping.
Essential requirements
Learners will require access to communication and assistive technologies so they can investigate how they are used to support independent living. Some communication technologies may already be used to support learners in the educational institution where this qualification is delivered. It would also be useful for learners to meet with technical specialists in order to explore issues associated with the use and development of assistive and communication technologies.
Employer engagement and vocational contexts
A guest speaker from the department that provides student support may be able to demonstratevoice-activated computer programs or Braille keyboards. Demonstrations from visiting specialists are strongly recommended for the unit to be effective.
Visits to specialist workplaces and resources may be useful for learners to see the technology being applied.
Scope, the national organisation for people with cerebral palsy, has an excellent website (www.scope.org.uk) and may, for a donation, be able to provide local information or possibly guest speakers   unit 17 The developing manager


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