This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work in partnership with older people and their carers to implement interventions in the context of an individualised plan to reduce risk.  This unit applies to support workers in a residential or community context. Work performed requires a range of well developed skills where some discretion and judgement is required. Workers will take responsibility for their own outputs under direct or indirect supervision. 

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - assisted with the assessment of risk and the implementation and evaluation of risk minimisation strategies for at least 2 older people, 1 in a simulated environment and 1 in the workplace, in a manner that is respectful of the older person's dignity and privacy.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - the tensions which may exist between an individual's rights and the organisation's responsibility to individuals; - legal and ethical considerations for working in aged care; - duty of care; - human rights; - privacy, confidentiality and disclosure; - work role boundaries - responsibilities and limitations; - the major issues, trends and policies relating to the health and wellbeing of older people; - standardised tools for risk assessment and the management and monitoring of risks; - major risk areas for ageing population, and; - documentation requirements including the importance of accurate and appropriately detailed records.

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