Older People's Health Issues - Building Service User Independence
People who care for other people have a number of common attributes, they want to be helpful to people and they want to do things to help relieve suffering caused by physical or mental illness or other problems in a person’s life. Ultimately, they want to do what they can to improve the everyday life for the people they provide care or services for. Typically, services focus on finding out what problems people have and then plan care or services to remove or reduce the problems or the burden they cause. The service user is often the passive receiver of care or services; tasks are done (for example ADL’s) for the person, treatments delivered and arrangements for additional services or support are made with often limited input from the service user.