Word limit 2000 words (excluding reference list, table of contents and appendices
Choose a case study (which you will also use in the last report) and produce an interim report that covers the following issues:
• reasons for selecting the case study
( I broke my back but am able to walk again )
• identification of the audience for the report, their needs for information and the purpose of the report
• the local and national context of the case study, which involves presenting and commenting on relevant statistical information
• Theories, policies and organisations relevant to understanding the case study that you will develop in more depth for the last report in study.
In this assignment, you take the role of an independent consultant analysing a situation to inform decision making. You have been asked to construct an interim report in which you explore a case study, setting it within a specific context and outlining key ideas.
Case Study: Yvonne
Age: 58 Female Disability: Unable to walk due to spinal injury
Yvonne lost the use of her legs after falling down the stairs at the age of 55, and now she uses a wheelchair.
She previously worked as a teaching assistant. Now she lives on various disability benefits.
Recently widowed, Yvonne lives alone, but has a son and a daughter living nearby, both married and in full-time work. She loved her work at the school and misses the company and activity that it gave her. A support worker visits every other day to help Yvonne take a bath. Otherwise, she relies on her family for support.
Due, most likely, to the combination of the accident and losing her husband, Yvonne has been feeling depressed and currently takes antidepressants. Yvonne’s sense of self-worth and pride has taken a serious knock, because she feels dependent on her relations for support, and on the pills that her GP prescribes for her mood.
For the last 10 years, Yvonne has enjoyed using her personal computer to research local and family history, and to pursue her love of jazz music. Since feeling depressed, she uses the computer rarely now. However, a family friend, who runs a mail order business, has indicated that if Yvonne were willing to enrol on a formal course to learn computing and ICT skills, he would consider offering her a job. Yvonne is interested in taking up this opportunity, and feels that it might give her a new lease of life.
Yvonne’s son and daughter are opposed to the idea because, they say:
• Yvonne is getting on in years, she is disabled (and receives disability benefits), and there is no point in trying to start a new job now.
• Currently Yvonne’s daughter and daughter-in-law take turns in calling at around 9.30 each morning, to help Yvonne get up and to make sure she has enough food for the day. They can’t come any earlier, which would be necessary if Yvonne were to take up training and employment.
• This family friend has a reputation for demanding long hours of work for low wages. They suspect he will exploit their mother’s situation for his own ends.
So what could Yvonne and her family do? Yvonne is in a vulnerable state, and does not know which way to go. The easiest route would be to accede to her children’s demands, and forget about the training and the job. However, Yvonne feels unfulfilled and unhappy with life as it is now. The support worker who visits every other day is aware of the situation, and has obtained Yvonne’s agreement to involve a social worker to try to resolve the situation.
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