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What Is Informed Choice Informed choice is a voluntary well-considered decision that an individual makes on the basis of options information and understanding The decision making process should result in a free and informed decision by the individual about whether or not he or she chooses or wishes to accept these options To make an informed choice clients need accurate clear unbiased and useful information To offer informed choice in a care setting staff would have to Empower their clients Offering them information power and knowledge to make the choice Encourage independence by letting the client do things they might not normally do by themselves so they can take control of their lives As long as they are no risks involved Let the client make their own decisions when it comes to dressing eating and what to do with their leisure time Enabling them like this gives them confidence To be more precise here are some examples A blind person who is escorted daily onto public transport wouldnt it be a better idea to encourage independence by having trial runs of unaccompanied travel A young person with learning difficulties who is unable to cook for himself wouldnt it be kinder to offer him the choice at least to learn say at college An elderly client who gets confused and frustrated dont give up or not make an effort because of this Take extra time to explain the choices slowly and clearly she is a human being and deserves choices too It is very important to keep offering clients a choice in the care setting because practice may become task-centred routine and focused on drudgery The centre of social care teachings are that everyone has a value and should be treated as such No individual should lose the right to choose based on whether they are elderly mentally ill of
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