Right place?

 

 

Surroundings quiet?

Screen Shot 2015-04-28 at 14.01.49A public place or shared space may be noisy and distracting, which therefore could make taking part difficult.

Relaxed?

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 13.28.47This is important because if you are not feeling relaxed and comfortable it can be hard to listen and to think.

Being in a place where others are upset would be likely to make you feel stressed.

Being in a room with strangers or being somewhere you have never been before may also make you feel stressed.

If you are feeling stressed due to the place or people around, then this is not the time or place to talk about the decision that needs to be made.

Talk about when and where would be the best place to talk about the decision and all the information, the person doing the assessment should take reasonable actions to make sure this happens.

Comfortable?

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 13.34.05If you are not comfortable in a chair or bed or you are too hot or too cold, this may affect your thinking or listening.

If you are very thirsty or hungry it can also make it hard to think, listen or even speak.

The person doing the assessment should consider factors such as pain/ pain management when planning your assessment. If you are in pain or the medicine makes them feel sleepy or dizzy then it is not the time to talk about decisions.

Is the location private?

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 13.36.18Important decisions about anyone should be discussed in a private space without other people listening in and/ or watching.

If a private space is not possible, the assessor should make sure the area is as private as possible, treating all persons involved with dignity and respect.