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Complete medical assessments and exact diagnoses can be conducted by most ACAS personnel, as they have their own geriatrician or a medical practitioner experienced in gerontology. If this is not the case a professional should be consulted on the medical aspects of the assessment.
26 CHCADV001 - Facilitate the interests and rights of clients Version 2 Course code and nameASSESSMENT CONSIDERATIONS FOR YOUNG CLIENTS WITH A DISABILITY In cases where a young person with a disability needs permanent residential care (as stated in their assessment), the appropriate regional office of the Department of Human Services, Disability Services should thoroughly check the care options available before assessing the individual for admittance to a residential aged care or aged care package. In the Disability Services –Aged Care Assessment Services Protocol 2009, the role of the ACAS delegate includes processed on how to assess young people with a disability. Aged psychiatric assessment teams (APATs) and ACAS: The ACAS and APATs (also known as psychiatric geriatric assessment teams (PGATs) in some areas) have distinctive and integral roles. The first point of contact for an elderly individual (aged 65 years and over) looking for mental illness support and treatment referral is APATs. This client group covers: Complications connected with ageing Schizophrenia and anxiety Natural illnesses such as dementia3Through these assessments you will be able to determine the client’s ability to self-advocate and make appropriate and safe decisions for themselves. If you are at all concerned about their ability to self-advocate you will need to refer them on or takes steps to advocate for them. 3
27 CHCADV001 - Facilitate the interests and rights of clients Version 2 Course code and nameINITIATE, NEGOTIATE AND IMPLEMENT RELEVANT STRATEGIES FOR ADDRESSING CLIENT RIGHTS AND NEEDS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE CLIENTThe health or community professional can determine a broad scope understanding of the client by initially discussing their needs, objectives, expectations and aspirations. Be aware that due to low self-esteem or distress it may be hard for them to engage with you. Often there are hidden issues that may not be presented or communicated in the early stages of communication. The following lists the skills and knowledge community and/or disability workers should possess when developing and implementing strategies for clients: Forming mutual relationships with clients, to deal with all problems involved Assessing the client’s needs and engaging relevant servicesForming a mutual relationship with the client, sufficiently dealing with issues in order to: oPossess facilitative communication skills to help clients tell you their concerns oEstablish trustful and respectful relationships utilising communication skills and defined boundaries oMake sure that clients develop their own plans of action focused on their situation o