Home Carer Scout Interest Badge

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Badge requirements[edit]

  1. Have passed the Home Carer Scoutcraft Badge, or complete all the requirements for it. Be prepared to be examined on any requirement of the Home Carer Scoutcraft Badge, with an age appropriate level of skill.
  2. Know the contact precautions to be taken when caring for an infectious disease
    1. TB
    2. MDR
    3. XDR
    4. Infectious hepatitis in the home.
  3. Have knowledge of special diets and their preparation for sick people.
  4. Demonstrate and understand why:
    1. How to safely lift a person in the bed on your own and reason for good lifting technique.
    2. How to safely transfer a person from the bed to a chair.
    3. Explain the dynamics involved in good lifting techniques for you as the lifter and for the patient.
    4. Position a patient to prevent bedsores.
  5. Perhaps it would be a better idea to identify a specific illness e.g. TB
    1. Know the precautions to be taken when caring for TB.
    2. Discuss cross infection and know how to prevent others in the home from being infected by TB.
    3. Know the signs and symptoms of TB and how it is to be treated.
  6. Have knowledge of the special dietary requirements and the specific preparation and storage of foods for people who are
    1. People who are HIV positive
    2. People with diarrhoea
    3. People with Diabetes
    4. Elderly with Heart Failure
    5. Babies
  7. Which is particularly pertinent to Rural Areas with high rates of infant death due to diarrhoeal disease.
    • Demonstrate the correct preparation of Oral Rehydration Solution (not the packet but from scratch) and when it should be used.
    • Explain how to identify dehydration in babies and young children and what to do while seeking medical treatment.
  8. Knowledge of normal range of temperature, pulse and respiration
  9. Visit a local home nurse / clinic and find out the kind of patients she nurses. Be prepared to discuss this with the examiner.
  10. Complete the remaining Friend requirement not covered in Scoutcraft badge.
    Friend to the Blind:
    1. Know the best way to Guiding and helping a blind person.
    2. Know what organisation/amenities cater for the blind.
    3. Prove that you have used your knowledge in the service of others.

    Friend to the Deaf:

    1. Be able to use the manual alphabet and know when it is possible to use this method.
    2. Understand the importance of lip reading and the correct position to adopt in order to give the lip reader the best chance of reading lips.
    3. Understand how sound is normally heard and know the functions of the three part of the ear.
    4. Prove that you have used your knowledge in the service of others.

    Friend to the Disabled:

    1. Know a little about the national council for the handicapped, where they are located and how to contact them.
    2. Visit a local home and know the type of handicapped person for whom it caters.
    3. Know how to handle an epileptic or similar fit.
    4. Know the general precautions to be taken when dealing with this type of person.
    5. Under supervision, help with a handicapped person and show that you understand their needs.
    6. Know why handicapped people should be stimulated. Describe the stimulation programme of the person they/you are assisting.
  11. Complete the remaining care not covered in Home Carer Scoutcraft Badge:
    1. Spend time with an infant (under the age two). Watch the child carefully and keep a record of your discoveries.
    2. Find out what immunisations are necessary for children and why.
    3. Demonstrate that you know how to hold, feed and drees an infant.
    4. Be able to change a nappy and understand the important of cleanliness, the dangers of nappy rash etc.
    5. Prepare a meal/snack or bottle of formula for an infant. Understand the danger of diarrhoea and how to prevent dehydration in infants.
    6. Explain what toys are suitable for the particular age of the infant you are working with.
    7. Decide what you would need f you were taking an infant on an all-day outing. Explain why you would include each item.

    CHILDCARE ( Children aged 3 – 5 )
    Part One:

    1. Know how a child should be clothed in summer and winter.
    2. Know what food is suitable for him/her.
    3. Know what kind of play materials should be given.
    4. Plan a day recognising the important or regular routine.
    5. Know how to prevent accidents in the home and garden and around water.

    Part Two:
    Take charge of a child or small group of children for part of a day under the supervision of a adult. This should include:

    1. Helping them to wash before a meal, and serving a meal;or putting them to bed.
    2. Setting out suitable material for play and watching them play – joining in if a child requires it.
    3. Tell a story to them.

See also[edit]

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