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Caring for adults
Caring for adults

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Key points from Section 4

In this section you have learned:

  • what mental capacity is and how it is assessed
  • the link between mental capacity and positive risk-taking
  • the different ways in which carers can offer support and encouragement to promote independent living and how assistive technology can help some people
  • why considering least restrictive practice is important in acknowledging risk while balancing that against empowering and supporting the people you care for to do some things for themselves
  • why an emergency care plan might be necessary
  • common features of an emergency care plan.

As you are now aware, caring for someone can feel all-consuming, so it is important that carers also take the time to look after themselves. Section 5 offers some suggestions of how carers can look after their own well-being.