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As an employee of TCLE, you spend a lot of time with the individuals in your care. Because of this, you are one of the most important advocates responsible for communicating the preferences and needs of individuals in your care
You are the best person to notice when changes occur in the individual’s physical condition or in their usual ways of behaving
Some changes may be sudden and drastic, while others are more subtle
While only the Healthcare Professional (HCP) can order medication, your reported observations and descriptions of physical and behavioral changes contribute to the information that the HCP uses in planning treatment
Because you are the person in closest contact with the individual experiencing physical and behavioral changes, it is your responsibility to observe, describe and report signs and symptoms to your supervisor and/or the delegating nurse right away!