Feeding a client who has cerebral palsy

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Reflection on practice using Gibbs (1988) model

Based on the care of a client/patient.


- Identify a client/patient

- Use the Roper et al (1996)activities of living

- Discribe how you may have communicated with this client/patient

The reflection must follow the guidelines for confidentiality and should be on one aspect of care.You need to demonstrate communication skills with your patient/client. The reflection should also demonstrate analysis (linking theory to practice) by using appropriate references including those for communication skills


Throughout this reflection, the clients name and nursing home will not be disclosed as this would breach confidentiality (NMC code of professional conduct 2004).

In this reflection I will be covering the care given to a male client, aged 26, who suffers from cerebral palsy and quadriplegic spacsicity epilepsy.

Due to client-x's severe learning disability, he is only able to communicate non-verbally (i.e. hand gestures and body language).

As the client is very dependant on his carers, interpreting what he needs is essential to provide him with what he requires.

I assessed the client and formatted a care plan. I noticed his serve learning disability restricted him from fulfilling the activities of living.

I analysed twelve different activities of living generated by Roper et al (1996) and placed them under five different categories which resemble all aspects of client-x's lifestyle . The headings include biological, psychological, socio-cultural, environmental and politico-economic. These elements are vital in giving effective care to a client (Roper et al 1996) as it assesses the clients lifestyle and the activities of living needed to survive,' Living is a complex process which we undertake using a number of activities to ensure our survival' (Roper et al 1996).

Roper (1996) generated twelve activities of living in which seven client-x can not fully fulfil...