9.3a. Describe what adjustments might need to be made to the way care is provided if someone has 1. A mental health condition such as: a. Psychosis b. Depression c. Anxiety 2. Dementia 3. Learning Disabilities

As has already been discussed, adjustments might need to be made to the way care is provided to an individual if they have a condition. Here are some of the adjustments you may need to make for individuals with a condition:

  • If an individual has Psychosis, you may need to admit them to a hospital as most of the symptoms will get better with treatment. When an individual is experiencing hallucinations or delusions, you should also let them know that you are there to help and keep them safe despite their experience. This could help ease their stress.
  • If an individual has depression, providing them with the opportunity to talk and share how they feel can help them feel better. In some cases however, they may need treatment. There are various organisations that support individuals dealing with depression who you can go to such as the ‘Depression Alliance‘.
  • If an individual has anxiety, the best way to help is to provide a treatment such as ‘cognitive behavioural therapy’. This can help someone talk about their condition, manage the effects and try to change how they think.
  • If an individual has dementia, there are many different ways of providing care and support. There are a number of different types of dementia and they all have varying symptoms and levels of severity. As such, the care and support adjustments you have to make may change based on the type of dementia. Despite this, providing medication that relieves the symptoms of dementia can help in most situations.
  • If an individual has a learning disability, as with dementia, there are many adjustments that may need to be made to the care and support you provide. Some individuals may only need a little support while others may need constant specialist support. Whatever the case you should try and support them to be more independent. You may also need to teach them how to communicate in a way other than speaking such as through Makaton or teach them how to use assistive technology such as clocks.

No matter what condition an individual has, you should adapt the care and support you provide to be as person-centred as possible. Every individual has different needs, and so you should provide different care and support to account for this. By doing this, you can provide high quality care regardless of an individual’s condition.

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