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Care home residents can benefit from carrying out everyday activities

A risk-averse culture has eroded the right of care home residents to carry out activities that benefit them, says Lynne Phair
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A risk-averse culture has eroded the right of care home residents to carry out activities that benefit them, says Lynne Phair

Nursing has become dominated by health and safety and the fear of something going wrong.

Care has improved and harm to residents and staff has been reduced because appropriate risk assessments have been carried out and suitable equipment and control measures put in place. However, the resident’s right to take normal, everyday risks has been eroded.

Risk assessments are vital when nurses are caring for vulnerable people who may be unable to assess risk for themselves, but that does not mean they can no longer carry out risky activity. Residents with dementia may demonstrate responsive behaviours, not only because of emotional distress or physical ill health, but because they are bored.

Meaningful activities might include helping maintenance staff

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