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.


Rhapsody B. said...

Blessings my are you this day? I pray this is a good day that will stretch beyond the norm.

I agree with you, sensitivity is the key because you have to leave the client something to fight with, for and hold on to hope. I certainly hope that these assessors are well trained and that sensitivity is a large component of that training. I would also add that tone, body language and facial expressions are also important pieces to be mindful of as it can betray and give away what one is really thinking and feeling. People need to maintain their dignity.

You always make me think. Thanks, have a good week.

Travelogue for the Universe said...

Thank you Herrad for bringing up this essential information and for complementing me and for your volcano photos and advice. Love, Mary

Stephany said...

Dignity is what these systems( agencies etc) take from people first, sadly.


Taxingwoman said...

Hi! Herrad
So true! Some people can kill you with kindness; others by being cold. It's difficult when you are caught in the middle trying to keep it all together.
It's been raining for 2 days here, which is weird considering it's January.
Have a lovely evening

Herrad said...

Hi Rhapsody,
Thanks for asking, so far it is a good day, hope yours is too.
You are right sensitivity is crucial, but sadly not always in evidence.
So many people working with handicapped people are purely sales people and not trained how to deal sensitively with people.
Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.i

Hi Mary,
Thanks for coming by, good to see your kind comment.
Your comments made me think and helped me to write my post.

Hi Stephany,
Thanks for coming by, you are right that dignity is what gets taken right away.
We just have to remember that despite the dis-help from people who would take our dignity we need more ways to confirm that we are good people.

Thanks you three lovely people for coming by.
Hope you have a good week.i
Keep warm.

Herrad said...

Hi Carole,
Thanks for visiting, really nice to see your comment.
You are right about it being difficult to keep every thing together.
Here it went from wet snow rain to thick snow Saturday then it got even colder looked like another big freeze just no snow now hope its all gone now which is brilliant.
Have a good day and week.

ρομπερτ said...

Dear Herrad, please excuse me to come this late. You may only imagine how much the "help" post of yours was in my mind...and still, I tend to remain "silent".
Please allow me also to thank you for this entry of yours. Makes one feel good to know that there are real people around. A wonderful Tuesday for you all.

Herrad said...

Hi Robert,
Lovely to see your comment, thanks for coming by.
You are for sure one of the real people.
Have a good Tuesday.