Gibbs Reflective Cycle:

Reflection on personal experience in mental health assessment ward


While working on a mental health assessment ward, I was asked to review the case of Ms. X, a patient sectioned under the Mental Health Act (Section 2) because of her worsening dementia. Until she was sectioned Ms. X had been cared for at home by her adult children and through weekly visits from a nurse, but because of her increasing difficulties in engaging in effective self-care, her children felt it necessary to seek professional redress.


I felt very sad to see a formerly competent woman having to sacrifice her independence in her later years. I felt sympathetic towards the plight of her children. They had become increasingly concerned about leaving their mother alone for any period of time, given the sudden, rapid deterioration in her health. They were unable to provide the necessary 24-7 care...
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