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Professional Curiosity

The capacity and communication skill to explore and understand what is happening within a family rather than making assumptions or accepting things at face value. In other words ask questions about ‘What is life like for the adult at risk living at home / in a care setting?’ ‘What is it like for the family?’ etc.

Make observations about the home/ setting environment- how does the adult at risk react to their family and to workers/staff? If the service user has walking aids / other aids are these easily available for them to access and if not why not?

If an adult at risk has a medical condition – what does this mean for them in their daily lives, ask them? If it’s a medical condition that you know nothing about or would like to know more about then ask the professionals who do (i.e. medical professionals).

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