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Submitted 11th December 2014
Throughout my essay I will be using Gibbs reflective cycle to demonstrate my understanding of the different service users that re involved with therapeutic relationships. Gibbs’ model of reflection was established in 1988 and is used to encourage someone to think about and reflect on a certain experience or activity. It involves describing what happened, explaining what feelings you felt at the time, evaluating and analysing the situation. The last stages include coming to a conclusion on what could have been done differently, or what was done well and also creating an action plan incase the situation was to arise again.
Describing the different service user groups involved in the therapeutic relationships.
Since starting my placement at the end of November 2014 I have found myself communicating and engaging with different service users. These include the elderly, dementia patients and a minute number of clients with disabilities. In the care home majority of the clients I deal with suffer from dementia, each individual at different stages. There are few clients who suffer from the later stages of dementia and are completely reliant on others to do their personal care, and feed them. Almost all of the clients in the home have hearing problems so I am always conscious of making sure I speak clearly and pronounce my words properly. At first I felt slightly uncomfortable while talking to the clients who had difficulty hearing as I was raising my voice to make sure they heard and understood me. It is important to continually to give my clients dignity and I thought that raising my voice might jeopardise this. However I now realise that it is of benefit to the client that I do this and it helps them to understand me more.
Explaining the importance of compassion, empathy, caring, touch and spending time with the service user when developing a therapeutic relationship.
Whilst developing a therapeutic relationship with clients it is of great importance to show all these values and qualities as it allows me to care for my clients with respect and give them a sense of value. Being caring and compassionate amongst other qualities whilst caring for clients ensures that I gain a trustful relationship with my clients. When communicating with every individual I always treat them with respect, dignity and always give choice and options. Doing this allows each client to be treated as equal and as an individual with his or her own opinions and thoughts.
Describing the importance of confidentiality and the development of trust in the therapeutic relationship.
Confidentiality is essential in all aspects of care. However, when it comes to confidentiality in a therapeutic relationship it is vital when trying to build a trustful relationship between a carer and a patient according to Alcohol Rehab (2014). It is important for myself and the other carers in the home to spend time with our clients to develop trust in our relationships with such vulnerable people. I feel this will allow the client to feel safe in their surroundings and I hope that I could be a person they could come to if they were to have any problems or needed help. Gaining the clients trust will encourage them to come to us with any worries or feelings, allowing us to deal with them in a professional, appropriate manner.
Explain the importance of the therapeutic relationship in promoting positive and effective care for the individual.
Having a therapeutic relationship between carers and clients is hugely important as it benefits the effectiveness of the care clients receive. In my placement I always try to interact with my clients and always participate in activities they enjoy as it will keep their minds and bodies active. Trust is a main component of a therapeutic relationship and to have this will allow carers to give the best possible care to clients as they will feel