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Posted on 6:52am Friday 17th Aug 2012
The mental health workers’ guide part 32
Part 32 of The Mental Health Workers' Guide considers the danger of expecting perfection in mental health care. Don't forget that you can download the podcasts and video clips that accompany this series here.
Don’t expect your service user to perform perfectly.
You don’t so why should they?
As we saw in the last few entries we all make mistakes and it takes time to learn a new skill. But that’s only half the story. Even with practice people rarely achieve perfection. It’s true that we might perform faultlessly some of the time but even the best of us gets things wrong on occasion. For most of us it’s a very regular occurrence no matter how much we’ve practiced. We all have ‘off days’ and we all make mistakes.
“Nobody’s perfect” as the saying goes.
But whilst it’s easy to excuse ourselves for the regular little errors that make up every day of our lives many workers in health and social care have difficulty extending the same understanding and forgiveness to service users.
The next time you go into work take a random batch of care or support case files and look at the care plans inside. See how many of them have been discontinued as ‘unattainable’ after only one or two attempts. Notice also how many have stated goals set far too low because of an assumption that since the service user didn’t get it right every time they cannot be expected to attain meaningful goals.
Then apply the same logic to your own life.
Would you find your own support plans discontinued if the same stringent demands were applied to your….
Spending and budget management
Compliance with medication regimes as ‘self-administrator of medications’ (finishing courses of antibiotics is a good example here
Smoking cessation (how many times did the ex-smokers you know try and fail to stop before they succeeded?)
The fact that you screw up from time to time doesn’t make you a failure. It merely makes you human and fallible. We all make mistakes but that doesn’t mean we are incapable of doing well too.
Remember that, as we have already seen there is no us and them. If we allow ourselves to be less than perfect then we must also allow our service-users the same freedom to be fallible.