Managing Risk working with Older People

Aimed specifically at those working in or managing Extra Care, Retirement or Sheltered Housing this course covers effective client and premises risk assessment with older people facing challenges from Dementia, declining physical abilities and long term health conditions. We will consider how to assess and manage risk in context of Mental Capacity and human rights. This course can be easily tailored to meet the needs of teams looking to address specific problems or learning outcomes. This course is interactive, enjoyable and aimed at a group of workers who need to see the practical value of training quickly.

Course contains

  • Understanding risk assessment and how legislation fits with practice; with a focus on Mental Capacity and well-being
  • Practical risk assessment
  • Managing risk in partnership with others (care, health and other services)
  • Challenges presented by mental health problems and cognitive impairment
  • When risk assessment goes wrong – consequences, impacts and problems caused by poor assessment
  • Pets, dementia and infection control – common risk control dilemmas for staff working with older people
  • Sharing information effectively
  • Risk management and effective controls in community and communal housing settings

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Assess risk effectively and actively
  • Manage risk effectively and proportionately
  • Identify key risks
  • Be confident about assessing risks common and specific to older people
  • Understand the consequences of poor risk assessment and management
  • Feel confident sharing information in order to minimise unnecessary risk
  • Understand how practice fits with the law
  • Describe the importance of risk assessment in day-to-day practice
  • Feel more confident working with partners, families and others to assess risk and put effective management controls in place
  • Better judge what is and is not within your control and why

Suitable for

All staff including managers of front line staff working with older people in the community, in care or in sheltered housing settings. The course is suitable for new or experienced staff and for those needing a refresher and is particularly valuable for merging organisations, those working in new partnerships or for existing teams in need of refreshed thinking.

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