Seven techniques for safeguarding vulnerable adults - High Speed Training

28 Sep 2014 10:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Seven techniques for safeguarding vulnerable adults

Written by High Speed Training – eLearning provider

There are many different reasons that adults can find themselves vulnerable; old age, drug or alcohol dependency, mental health issues or illness can all lead to an increased need for care and protection.

If you know, care for or work with vulnerable adults, then it's important to know how to safeguard them, while allowing them to live as normal a life as possible. Here are seven techniques that you should bear in mind at all times:

  • 1.     Assessing needs – every person and patient is different, and so are their needs, so they should be assessed on an individual basis. Making judgements or assumptions can lead to inappropriate care, so understanding their specific problems and requirements is always a priority.

  • 2.     Listen – one of the first principles of safeguarding adults in a vulnerable position is to ensure they have an open platform to raise issues or concerns, knowing that they will be listened to and respected. Only by taking the time to hear directly from them (and their carers) can you really start to build a picture of the problems they face and what they need in order to thrive. Depending on the nature of their problem, you may need to enlist the help of an advocate. 

  • 3.     Empowering – unlike younger vulnerable people, adults need to feel that they are able to make decisions about their care, or at least be consulted and asked for their consent where possible. It's also important to take into account the individual’s culture, religion and any other personal or lifestyle factors that may affect decisions about their care and support.

  • 4.     Partnerships – this applies both to the relationships between the person and those around them, and the support they’re able to access through other services available. By working together, with the person’s happiness and safety as the central priority, the duty of care is spread, the need for protection can be minimised and the more likely it is that the patient is getting everything they need from various support channels. 

  • 5.     Awareness of risk – different types of vulnerability can bring different risks in terms of abuse, neglect and disadvantage. By being aware of these risks, it is much easier to mitigate them from the outset.

  • 6.     Seeking support – if you're responsible in some way for a vulnerable adult’s care, it's important to know what other assistance and support is available, and to ask for help if needed. This also includes allowing the person in question to seek their own support networks and services should they wish to retain some independence and take an active part in their own safeguarding where appropriate.

  • 7.     Reporting abuse – any abuse towards or neglect of a vulnerable person should be approached with a zero tolerance policy. If you're concerned about the way someone is being treated or the quality of care they're receiving, it's essential to report your concerns to somebody or a service provider that can offer help and advice. 

    Written by High Speed Training – eLearning provider

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