Recognise and respond to changes in physical and mental health

Qualification: Level 2 Diploma in Adult Care
Unit name: Implement Person-Centred Approaches in Care Settings
Learning outcome: 6. Be able to support the individual’s well-being
Assessment criteria: 6.5 Recognise and respond to changes in physical and mental health

As a care worker, you should know the individuals that you care for well enough to recognise and respond to any changes in their physical and mental health.

For example, if an individual’s behaviour changes drastically from what you are familiar with, it could indicate a health problem.

Other signs to look out for include:

  • changes to respiration
  • changes in sleep patterns
  • weight gain/weight loss
  • changes to physical appearance (e.g. bags under eyes, wearing dirty clothing etc.)
  • verbal or non-verbal expression of pain
  • lessened mobility
  • personality changes
  • becoming confused
  • sadness/withdrawal

If you notice any changes that could indicate a health issue, you should support the individual to seek medical advice. You should also document your observations and how you have responded as well as informing your manager.