Unit 20: Supporting Independent Living



















 Unit 20:Supporting Independent Living
 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.







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BTEC Levels 4 and 5 Higher Nationals specification in Health and Social Care
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Edexcel Limited 2010
 
  
UNIT 20: SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT LIVING

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 medication

Communications

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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

Understanding specific need in health and social care

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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







96BH023333
– Edexcel BTEC Levels 4 and 5 Higher Nationals specification in Health and
Social Care
 

Issue 1 – May 2010 © Edexcel Limited 2010
 
  
UNIT 20: SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT LIVING

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria





















































































































































































 Learning outcomesAssessment criteria
for pass
 
 On successful
completion of
The learner can: 
 this unit a learner
will:
   
      
 LO1 Understand the
use of
 1.1explain how technology can be used
to support users of
 
 technology to support  health and social care services in
living independently
 
 independent living 1.2analyse barriers to the use of
technology to support
 
    
    users of health and social care
services in living
 
    independently 
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 1.3explain the benefits of these
technologies to health and
 
    social care organisations and their
users
 
      
 LO2 Understand the
implications
 2.1explain health and safety
considerations in the use of
 
 of developments in  technologies in health and social
care
 
 technologies for use in 2.2discuss ethical considerations in
the use of technologies
 
 health and social care  
   in health and social care 
     
   2.3explain the impact of recent and
emerging technological
 
    developments on health and social
care services,
 
    organisations and care workers 
     
 LO3 Be able to
recommend
 3.1identify the specific needs of an
individual requiring
 
 technologies to support  support to live independently 
 independent living for users 3.2make recommendations for how
technologies might
 
 of health and social care  
   support the independent living
arrangements
 
 services.   
     
   3.3evaluate the usefulness of
technology for users of health
 
    and social care services. 
      







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BTEC Levels 4 and 5 Higher Nationals specification in Health and Social Care
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Issue 1 – May 2010 ©
Edexcel Limited 2010
 
  
UNIT 20: SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT LIVING

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:
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    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 demonstrate voice-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

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