DISCUSSION FORUM ANSWER
Health is paramount for a successful life and quality life. From my academic experience as well as from real life experience it is evident despite great awareness and campaigns for health promotion many of us fail to abide by such sound principles and slowly travel towards an unhealthy life. Before joining the career of a carer, I was in perception that it is easy and except certain guidelines, nothing more has to be done. But with my experience, hard work and progress through a different level of courses now I am aware of challenges and difficulties that need to be addressed. Social care is a larger domain in healthcare domain where self-motivation and an attitude of care and affection are highly needed. But I am privileged that I was given this opportunity, and I can influence the life of older individuals positively. After gaining knowledge and experience through level 3 certification in health and social care, I can say that as a nurse my care giving capacity has increased and I would like to pursue higher studies in this domain to further polish my skills and reach to a larger number of patients.
After completion of a competent career in schooling as well as successful completion of the certification course, I am looking forward to furthering studies in Leeds University to enhance my career and develop a research-based aptitude in care domain. During my level 3 certification, I was engaged in different care domain such as diabetes care, challenging behavior, home to home care and residential care. During my placement s at different sectors of care, I came across different real-time issues faced by people during their life time that changed my perception. In the case of diabetes vulnerable people, they have little or no idea what are the risk factors involved in diabetes. Similarly, there are certain individuals who are better equipped with knowledge, but they are addicted to certain behaviors that make them difficult to leave those habits. Similarly, the challenging behavior of certain people is difficult to manage (Davy et al., 2016). At first, it is difficult to communicate with such people and bring positive changes with them. But with experience and evidence-based approach, it was found to be smooth. Communication skill both verbal and non-verbal plays a critical role in addressing such situation. The course curriculum as well as my placement in Italian care homes, nursing homes has given me a very good foundation to provide service to my nation. As I am an Italian and carried out my placements in Italian diabetes car, nursing home and residential care I gained knowledge and skills in culturally competent care. Addressing the older care, their needs and demands gave me a good deal of knowledge on older care, its significance and the most important the lacunae or the gaps in practice and study. This is one of the factors that motivated me to carry out further studies in this domain as well as completing the level 4 certification course in health and wellbeing (Brett et al., 2014).
Health and wellbeing in social care is a very large domain and can be studied from different aspects. While studying the course, receiving the training played an important role that motivated me to pursue this as my career and understand the deep mechanisms of older care. Challenging behavior care and designing care plans was important too since it was new to me. Many times challenging behavior people are considered as mentally ill, and this further adds worries to the problem. Therefore, while taking care of such individual’s communication and holistic approach towards care is imperative to understand their attitude towards health care (Foster and Walker, 2014). Another important aspect that was learned during the course completion was addressing health needs of a group of individuals and improving their health doesn’t end the work rather it starts towards a healthy world. The care plans must be designed in such a way that it not only helps in addressing the health needs of individuals only but spreads awareness among others as well as wellbeing. For any individual to be healthy, it is important to be socially well, and isolation and discrimination are two major barriers towards health promotion. Old age is another factor that further leads to isolation and at times domestic abuse, in turn, influencing the health care negatively (Chen and Feeley, 2014). Many other factors also lead to gaps in between the health care and social well-being in older people domain. My success in clearing the level 4 certification course can be attributed to my previous placements in the home to home, residential care and nursing homes. These experiences helped me a lot in understanding teamwork, a delegation of service, biomedical ethics, and professional code of conduct and principles of care. The clinical skills gained during this period helped me in performing better during my second placement in the home country. With the improvement in knowledge comes greater responsibility and one must start to integrate the thinking levels to organizational standard to promote health and well-being in social care on the broader scale (Edvardsson, Sandman, and Borell, 2014). During my course, the assignments and different types of home works gave me an opportunity to do some extensive readings and incorporate evidence-based care in my clinical care practice. Certain areas that lack emphasis in the curriculum such as terminal care, advance directives, ethical issues, and legal issues demands extra readings such as case studies and evidence-based research in particular (Mair, Curiones and Pasha, 2015).
Progressing successfully in my career has boosted my confidence to pursue this career and move ahead. I am ready to face any challenge that will be coming in my career path especially in caring for older people having different ailments. I would like to say individuals with good communication skills such as giving time, patience, listening skills must think about caregiving domain, i.e., nursing as their career goal. It is imperative from the nursing point of view to understand that the guidelines must not be breached while delivering care.
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