Personal Reflection

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Personal reflections are characterized as learning through experience in gaining new insights and changed perception of self and practices. Reflection can be a difficult experience without the support and guidance of an expert (Johns, 2004).
This personal reflection presents an exciting opportunity for me to consider how successful my placement in the intermediate care has been in terms of my own personal learning. By reflecting on the positive aspects of the placement, I will be able to make sense of my personal learning and apply what I have learnt into future careers.
At the beginning of my placement I knew very little about intermediate care or services it provided regarding alternatives to hospital care for elderly patients. In
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Patients are assessed by nursing staff and other professionals such as a physiotherapist and occupational therapist collaborating, as to whether a patient would need a care package in place, where possible patients are kept at home with support to assist with personal care.

One particular day I was able to take part in an assessment with my mentor and an occupational therapist, the patient was assessed and it was clear that the patient was not coping well at home, a family member was present and were worried and anxious that the patient was unsafe at home and might be at risk of falling, therefore, extra support where needed. The patient was anxious and was unsure about leaving their home, however, my mentor and myself reassured the patient that intermediate care was for a short period of time and she would be able to go back home, eventually with lots of reassurance the patient was transferred to a locality's center, qualified staff at the center were able to continue therapy programs.
On reflection, I was pleased the patient got the help that were needed and that the intermediate care, intensive rehabilitation service is an important part of supporting older people to regain their health and independence after major surgery

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