Risk Assessment and Management for Service Users in Care Homes Policy

Policy Statement

The home works on the basis that residents lead their own lives as they wish and choose — in line with the home’s Statement of Purpose and all national standards and expectations — which means that from time to time they will take different kinds of risk, and they have the right to do so.

At the same time, the home recognises that it has a duty of care to keep residents safe from harm and injury and there will be occasions when the residents’ risk-taking behaviour comes into conflict with the home’s responsibilities to keep them safe and well protected.

Residents will not be denied the chance to take reasonable risks which they feel will enhance the quality of their lives. As part of the process of planning care, the home helps each resident assess the risks involved in any proposed activity, weighing the benefits and possible adverse effects, and coming to a measured conclusion. Such risk assessments are recorded on the service user’s plan of care together with any plans to manage significant risks that are identified from the assessments.

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