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UNIT 20: SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT LIVING

 

  • 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.

Unit 20 Supporting Independent living

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:

  • Understand the use of technology to support independent living
  • Understand the implications of developments in technologies for use in health and social care
  • Be able to suggest technologies to support independent living for users of health and social care services.

 

UNIT 20: SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT LIVING

Unit content

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

 

UNIT 20: SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT LIVING

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

 

LO1 Understand the use of technology to support independent living

1.1 explain how technology can be used to support users of health and social care services in living independently

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 of developments in technologies for use in health and social care

2.1 explain health and safety considerations in the use of technologies in health and social care

2.2 discuss ethical considerations in the use of technologies 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 technologies to support independent living for users of health and social care services

3.1 identify the specific needs of an individual requiring support to live independently

3.2 make recommendations for how technologies might support the independent living arrangements

3.3 evaluate the usefulness of technology for users of health and social care services.

 

UNIT 20: SUPPORTING INDEPENDENT LIVING

 

This unit also has links with the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care. See Annexe B for mapping.

 

 

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