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Opinion

A focus on ability

Nurses should focus on accessibility and enhancing ability.
Ability assessment

Ask healthcare professionals about disability and they will often espouse the medical model, focusing on impairments and medical diagnoses with an air of ‘them, not us’.

In contrast, the social model focuses on how accessible and accepting society is and how to improve ‘ability’.

What does this mean for community nurses? Let’s start with some basics. Nurses assess and plan care and this cannot be done efficiently by making assumptions. Asking people what they can do and what help they need to do more is central to promoting independence. Find out about aids, charities and services that might help people with disabilities. Familiarise yourself with Motability and RICA . These are only two agencies that might help your

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