Sunday, January 24, 2010
Sensitivity is Essential in Assessing Needs.
Was pleased that there was such good feedback about the importance of being very clear with the people that assess us in order for them to see what we need.
Being honest with the assessor is very important, but this can be extremely difficult for us as we have our pride.
It is very difficult to be able to cope with being assessed, especially when you are just becoming disabled, it is almost too much to cope with.
Assessors need to be able to clearly see the client's disability and they need to understand that the stress of the illness and disability may make it difficult to ask for help.
Did notice that in the beginning I was trying not to see the full extent of the disability that my Primary Progressive MS was causing.
The assessors really need to understand that when the client states that they can something that they need to see what they can actually do and not what they hope they can do.
It is important to see what a person can do without crushing someone’s spirit by being insensitive.
Mary @ Travelogue for the Universe got me to think about the consequences if the assessor does not treat the client as sensitively as possible.
She pointed out that insensitive approach can break a person’s spirit:
‘Why take something more away from the client’ and ‘People who have faced maximum stress and survived are stronger and more resistant to help’.
They need to preserve the person’s dignity at all costs especially when their progressive disease has already taken so much away.