Assistive Technology Essay

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The use of a strap with adapted spoon to promote the nutrition and independence of a young person with a learning disability.
Introduction
This is a person-centred innovation project aimed to promote the nutrition and independence of a young person with a learning disability. This aspect of personalised care could be significantly improved for the individual. This essay will critically review the literature supporting the driving force for this innovation. It will discuss the aim of the innovation, the plan, method, potential outcome and challenges. Finally, it will evaluate the innovation and make some recommendations. It will explore Lewin’s change management model (1951, cited in Mind Tools, 2016). I will discuss the implementation stage
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(2012) and Hewitt et al. (2016) and suggest that the use of assistive technology such as an adaptive spoon promotes food uptake by people with a learning disability and if they are able to take up food effectively their nutrition is enhanced. This argument was supported by May-Benson et al., (2015). In addition, May-Benson et al., (2015) suggest that, in addition to promoting the dignity of the individual assistive technology also promotes the use of the individual’s motor skills. As learning disability nurses, we want to encourage and promote individual independence, therefore the use of assistive technology such as an adaptive spoon with a strap may enhance their motor skills thereby promoting their independence if they are able to use it and if they are able to use this adaptive spoon with a strap regularly it may enhance their motor skills. Another area of study that this innovation may open up is the why the individual is dropping the adapted spoon. This may be because the individual has had enough to eat or the individual is seeking staff …show more content…
(2011) suggest that feeding and swallowing difficulties are common in children with neurological disabilities. Nurses must ensure the safety of the service users experiencing these problems. The Care Act (2014) describes safeguarding as the defence of the right of vulnerable people to live in an environment free from abuse and neglect. The safety of service users requires the contribution of people that are involved in their care, such as their families and support staff. This was supported by (Nielsen et al., 2013). Kangasniemi et al. (2013) who suggest that the safety of patients is important; therefore, professionals and all stakeholders should encourage practice that does not compromise the safety and dignity of the service user. Similarly, The National Health Service Framework (NHS, 2014) requires that professionals should work towards service users’ safety. Cerezo et al. (2011) suggest that the family of a young person with a learning disability expresses fear and anxiety if their child is experiencing difficulties when eating. Therefore, it is important to work with the families of service users during any episode of care and innovation in order to reassure them.
The 6 C’s of nursing (NHS, 2012) emphasise communication, competency, courage, care, compassion and commitment as the qualities which a nurse must have to deliver quality care. McNichol (2012) suggests that innovation may be service user led, and it may also be public led. However, their participation

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