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 ⇒ Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care ⇒ Level 3 Diploma Optional Units ⇒ Unit 336 Enable individuals to negotiate environments ⇒ 4.1 Observe and record an individual’s ability to negotiate an environment

4.1 Observe and record an individual’s ability to negotiate an environment

Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care Optional Units
Unit: Unit 336 Enable individuals to negotiate environments
Learning outcome: 4 Be able to evaluate and revise the support provided to an individual to negotiate an environment
Assessment criteria: 4.1 Observe and record an individual’s ability to negotiate an environment

  • Prepare Observation Tools: Ensure you have a method for recording observations, such as a notepad, tablet, or voice recorder, ready before the activity begins.
  • Note Initial Response: Record the individual’s initial reaction upon entering the environment, noting any signs of anxiety, confusion, or confidence.
  • Track Navigation Skills: Observe and note how the individual navigates through the environment, including their ability to follow directions, use navigation aids, and recognise landmarks.
  • Assess Use of Assistive Devices: If applicable, record how effectively the individual uses any assistive devices or technologies to aid their movement and navigation.
  • Monitor Sensory Responses: Pay attention to the individual’s response to sensory stimuli (visual, auditory, tactile) and record any difficulties or coping strategies used.
  • Evaluate Social Interactions: Note any social interactions that occur, including the individual’s ability to communicate needs, follow social cues, and engage with others appropriately.
  • Identify Obstacles and Challenges: Record specific obstacles or challenges encountered and how the individual attempts to overcome them, including seeking assistance or using problem-solving skills.
  • Assess Safety Awareness: Observe the individual’s awareness of safety measures, such as recognising hazardous areas and responding to emergency situations.
  • Note Confidence and Independence: Evaluate the level of confidence and independence displayed by the individual throughout the process, noting any improvements or areas of hesitance.
  • Document Adjustments and Strategies: If the individual or support staff make any adjustments or employ specific strategies to facilitate navigation, make sure these are thoroughly recorded.
  • Provide Feedback Opportunities: After the observation, discuss the experience with the individual, allowing them to offer their perspective and feedback on their performance and feelings.
  • Summarise Observations: Compile the observations into a comprehensive summary, highlighting strengths, areas for improvement, and recommendations for future support.

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