Assessing the risks
If the service user has decided to have care provided in their own home or out in the community, they will know of course that this carries some element of risk. The care worker is unlikely to be with them all the time so there will not be the same level of support as would exist in, for example, a residential home. On the other hand the service user will retain more independence and many people find that, on balance, a measure of risk is worthwhile. Nevertheless we want to be sure that everybody concerned understands the risks and has thought about them responsibly and that the risks taken are not unreasonable or unnecessary. So, with the service user, we carry out a risk assessment, weighing up the risks to be taken with the advantages, and if it seems appropriate we might make suggestions as to how unnecessary risks can be minimised.