Learn, Do Not Copy!

Make others aware of any actions they may be undertaking that are causing discomfort or distress to individuals

This page is designed to answer the following questions:

As a care worker, you may be responsible for actions or activities that may cause the individuals that you care for pain, distress or discomfort.

This could be when assisting them with movement, performing personal care or even something as simple as turning on the lights in a darkened room.

When doing so, you should always show care, compassion and kindness as well as being courteous and always asking for consent.

And you should always explore new ideas or better ways of doing things that may reduce discomfort (although it is advisable to run any changes past your manager before implementing them).

There may be occasions when you observe others (e.g. colleagues) performing actions that cause an individual unnecessary discomfort and distress. When this happens, you should always seek to make them aware of how their actions are affecting the individual and how they could prevent or minimise it.

The most obvious way to do this is by speaking to them and suggesting an alternative method, or even showing them.

In some cases, it may be more appropriate to report your concerns to your manager or supervisor. This could be if you have already approached a colleague about how their actions are causing an individual discomfort but they have failed to change their practice. Or (as mentioned above) you want to make suggestions about how discomfort and distress for a particular individual could be reduced.

Sometimes a better good forum for raising concerns can be team meetings where everyone can put forward their ideas about how to resolve them and agree on a solution. This is especially true if it is organisational restrictions, procedure or policy that are causing the discomfort. For example, an individual may get frightened if they are being woken at 6am by a carer and something as simple as changing their visit to 6:30am when they are already awake can make a massive difference to their well-being.