Conditions and/or disabilities could include factors relating to conditions such as Sensory loss. Physical health, Mental health, Emotional health are also three factors that could have an impact on an individual’s ability to negotiate environments, also individuals with a Physical disability and/or Learning difficulty/disability could also find this hard. A couple of examples of such conditions would be, somebody who is deaf would find it hard with their sensory lose to negotiate new environments but also somebody with a more physical disability such as cerebral palsy would find this extremely hard as well as finding even familiar environments challenging on times.
Environmental factors that have an impact can be a number of things that range from the weather to a route that is going to be taken on a walk etc. somebody who can become unsteady when walking or not confident would find it hard to walk outdoors when its frosty or has been raining. An individual with sensory loss such as blindness who find it hard if their usual path had repair works being done and alternative routes where in place for people to use.
Your role as a support worker would be to mainly encourage and reassure service users as well as planning in advance. Whilst out in an unfamiliar environment or in an environment where the risk of danger is higher for the service user then a support workers role is to explain and make them aware of certain dangers or hazards. Constantly monitoring the environment and the service user is key, whilst giving reassurance and guidance play a big role to make the service user feel confident and at ease.
It’s not only important to know the environmental factors that have an impact on individuals but also to know the ways in which to overcome and address these barriers. So when preparing to go for a walk for example preplanning is needed so that you can insure that the service user is appropriately dressed and has footwear