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Agree with an individual and others the intended outcomes of the assessment

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In the previous section, we discussed the purpose of the assessment process. For this assessment criterion, you will be required to demonstrate that you are able to agree on the intended outcomes of an assessment with the individual that is being assessed, and others (such as carers, family, other professionals etc.)

Outcomes are often defined as the things that are important to the individual and so the assessor must take the time to understand the individual’s unique wishes, dreams and aspirations. The assessor should not make assumptions about what would be a positive outcome for the individual.

For example, it may be important for an elderly lady that has been discharged from the hospital following a fall to remain at home rather than move into a care home. Although from a clinical perspective, the care home would provide all the facilities she needs to live safely, there may also be negative impacts, such as it being more difficult to maintain links with her community or a loss of independence. These issues would be addressed during the assessment process and care providers would explore ways that the individual might be supported safely within their own home.

This is why a person-centred approach to care assessment that is focused on an individual’s wishes and well-being is so important.

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