Care of the older person part 2

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Module Title Care of the Older Person

Module Code 5N2706

Assessment Technique Skills Demonstration

Weighting 60%

Assessment Details:

In this assessment you are required to write 3 comprehensive reports on the below skills undertaken
within the care setting with a Client /Service User.

1. An outing or indoor activity {examples of outing: trip to cinema, garden centre, park,

examples of indoor: cookery, cards, storytelling, arts & craft etc.}

2. A Reminiscence Session {examples: looking at old film, photo album, talking about past events

in client’s life, school days etc.}

3. A Health Promotion Activity: {examples: Diet, Oral Hygiene, Exercise, hand hygiene, etc}

In the reports you are required to illustrate good client care practice that you will implement in future
practice. In each of the reports you need to illustrate understanding and knowledge of your role in
promoting safe practices, client independence, support, autonomy and dignity during the planning
and implementation of the activities.

Your reports will be assessed on the following:

• Thorough organisation and preparation of the task, including identification of clients’ needs.

(15 marks)

• Careful execution of the task. (15 marks)

• Effective communication throughout the task. (10 marks)

• Effective use of relevant safety and health practices. (10 marks)

• Comprehensive record of the task. (10 marks)

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For each Skill Report you can:

1. Choose one of the case studies profiles below to complete the reports and follow the
guidelines provided to complete same. The below case studies are a brief overview of a client
and you are free to interpret and expand upon the client history, background if you wish.


2. Complete the assessment on a service user you have cared for during work placement or
family member/relative you have cared for in the home, whereby you have been involved in
assisting them with a recreational / therapeutic activity.

Case Study One

James Brown is a 75-year-old male who was admitted into the nursing home in January 2020. Previous
to this Mr Brown was in St Vincent’s hospital following a stroke where he spent six months. Following
the stroke Mr Brown now uses a rollator. He has no difficulties transferring himself and needs no
assistance. He is partially paralysed on the left side of his body, and sometimes his speech is a little
slurred. Mr Browns wife and son visited every few days. Prior to his retirement Mr Brown worked in
Dublin Dockyards and had a keen interest in swimming, hill walking and crossword puzzles.

Case Study Two

Alice Jones is 81 years old and was admitted to the residential home in 2019 from her home where
she lived with her husband. Alice was diagnosed with dementia in 2016, she is forgetful and has a
history of wandering and this increases her vulnerability. Unfortunately, Alice’s care needs could not
be met at home due to her dementia. This cognitive decline also impacts on her physical and social
ability as she requires support to maintain her daily activities of living. This includes personal care,
nutrition, safety, mobility and guidance.

Case Study Three

Mary Walsh is 74 years of age, she is a widow of ten years, she has one daughter and one son, her son
resides in Australia. Mary is currently residing in a nursing home and she has been diagnosed with
dementia and is in the early stages. As an effect Mary suffers from short term memory loss. Mary also
has restricted mobility as a result of a fall two years ago and suffered a fractured hip. Mary’s physical
ability all though restricted is quite good. Mary uses a rollator for short to medium distance and a
wheelchair for long distance or when going out, she has full mobility with her upper body and regularly
attends physiotherapy.

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Case Study Four

Annie Smith is an 84-year-old lady who still very much enjoys the activities of daily living. Annie has
cognitive impairment and mobilises with the aid of a rollator; she also has arthritis and wears a hearing
aid in her right ear. Annie has a regular diet and fluids and has a good appetite. Annie takes a lot of
pride in her appearance and likes to wear nice clothes and to have her hair done. Annie is a widow;
she has no children but has led a very full and active life and was very engaged in social activities
throughout her life. Annie lived on her own for a number of years upon the death of her husband and
attended a day centre which she enjoyed greatly. It was noticed by the staff in the day centre and her
home care team that Annie was becoming more forgetful and confused and was leaving her home
and forgetting how to return. The difficulty in maintaining her safety in the home was one of the main
reasons that Annie entered the nursing home.

Additional guidelines for Skills Demonstration

The below Structure must be followed for each Skills Demonstration report & specific points to be

Title of Activity_______________

❖ Client Profile: {in this section provide details on the following: name, age, illness / disability,
level of independence}

❖ Rational for the chosen activity: {why did you choose this activity and how would you or did
you involve the client in the decision-making process}

❖ Preparation of the activity: {for example: materials, time, venue, transport etc. and discussion

with supervisor/person in charge}

❖ Communication: {what communication techniques are used to meet the needs of the client,

such as verbal, non-verbal skills and written}

❖ Health and Safety: {in this section address safety measures and infection control that must be

implemented and give rationale}

❖ Implementation of the Activity: {in this section outline from start to finish the activity itself,

you can do this in steps e.g., step 1, 2, 3 and so on. It is important to place emphasis on good

client care, support provided, promotion of independence and interaction, client feedback}

❖ Reflection: {in this section reflect on the benefits of activity for the client and outline future

recommendations to promote recreational activities}

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Specific Guidelines & Important Information

1. Word Count: 500-600 words per Skills report (+/-10%).

2. Your skill reports must be written in first person only.

3. Write in past tense if based on past experiences from placement / working with family


4. Write in future tense if based on the case study provided.

5. In your reports it is important to emphasize good client care, addressing how client’s privacy,

dignity, independence, empathy, respect and positive self-image of clients would be

promoted and maintained during the activity.

6. Ensure reports are structured using the headings above.

7. Reports do not require research information or supportive references.

For final presentation of your work please ensure:

• Accuracy of information supplied.

• Written in correct context and professional.

• Correct structure applied.

• Quality of Presentation

• Grammatical correctness and proper spelling

• Professional vocational language is used.

Your work must also protect the anonymity of the client and organisation, thus all names must be
changed. This must be stated clearly in your work.

Please note: if you do go over your word count deduction will be at tutor discretion, based on the
relevance of the information submitted.

Where applicable, in the skill report work can be supported with images of
activities/material/equipment/ environment BUT NO IMAGES OF CLIENT CAN BE SUBMITTED.

Please note failure to adhere to all of the above, may result in deduction of marks.

Any results issued are provisional and subject to confirmation from the QQI External Authenticator.