Health Promotion in Social Care

HealthPromotion in Social Care

HealthPromotion in Social Care

Amongthe greatest challenge facing health systems in the world is the everincreasing burden of chronic diseases and infections. As such, theseissues are manifested through, greater shelf life, modernizedlifestyles with rising exposure to certain risk factors, and theincreasing ability to intervene to keeping people alive especiallythe elderly. This paper, therefore, aims at illustrating empowermentin social care practice through developing personal skills in chronicdisease identification among the older adults’ people.

AnOverview of your Chosen Action Area for Health Promotion

Ina bid to gain the core objective of health promotion which is theenabling of individuals to accelerate control over, and to improvetheir health, the older people must be supported via provision ofrelevant information and life skills. The life skills help in theadaptation to the changes later in life. Various individuals&nbspinthe United Kingdom, for instance, the older people occasionally meetat the Wexford Town Library for&nbspseminars and talks, reading andexchanging of materials, and other activities (West Ford Campus TownLibrary, 2010).

Activitiesin these forums are done on a weekly basis for the purpose ofhastening their skill acquisition process. A number of both formaland informal activities are organized on a monthly basis. Variousinstitutions in the Republic of Ireland, for instance, Banks are inpartnership with organizations to creating recreational activitiesfor the older people upon identification of core members (Departmentof Health, 2013). Through the various initiatives from variousstakeholders, the most aged people are developing skills ininformation technology or&nbspcomputer literacy skills developed.Aside from computer skills, the older people are also imparted withinformation handling skills in the process.

Empowermentin Social Care Practice

Theolder people in the society form the core group in thedecision-making process, and not part of those receiving passivecare. The more aged people may receive cash allocated to them and atliberty to spending them on appropriate community care services theydemand or feel necessary and beneficial (Adams, 2007). Some of themmay use the money allocated by demanding for home-based physiotherapyrather being helped in the general house chores. Some of the olderpeople’s upon allocation of money, they may require a night sittingby searching for private provisions of the same in case publicservice is absent or unavailable. The older people are often offereda high degree of freedom when it comes to determining their packageof care while others will have to consult with family members andassigned caretakers or care managers. The money may be used foraiding in approved and certified own-family provision of care. Inconclusion, it is relevant to point out that older people need toremain in control of their personal lives even if it means increaseddependently on others.

Relevanceof both the action area, and empowerment in social care practice, tothe specific service user group and the strategies of mediation/advocacy/enablement.

Thevarious health programmes in place together with the World HealthOrganization are advocating the promotion of health for the olderpeople and that different stakeholders need to play their part in thesame (World Health Organization Ottawa Charter, 1986). Whereas thedifferent health programmes and organizations advocate for olderpeople to embrace an active life (Naidoo, &amp Willis, 2010), whilstthe younger ones opt to take up good habits since some are formedwhen young and maintained into old age (Health Service Executive,2011). Developing skills is important in coping and preventingvarious situations in life especially among the older people(Department of Health, 1986). Upon empoweringindividuals,are motivated to embrace healthy and active lifestyles (Dines, &ampCribb, 1993).


Conclusively,it is with no doubt that the older people can only enhance or addyears to life and life to years upon embracing social care practiceswith the help of the community. As such, this paper has provided acomprehensive discussion on the issue of empowerment,andits subsequent importance in enhancing social care practice in thecourse of developing personal skills that are imperative in chronicdisease amongst the older adults’ people.


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