Health factors that might affect communication skills, abilities and wellbeing are
- Parkinson’s disease
- Mental illness
- Hearing impairment
- Vision impairment
All of these factors will inhibit or restrict the communication of the individuals with carers, families groups and communities.
It is unlikely that most of these individuals are in employment and these health factors mean that the individual is probably living on benefits and/or pensions and could be living in poverty.
The social factors that might affect communication skills, abilities and wellbeing include:
- Education – a limited education could lead to an individual being unable to communicate their needs and have the confidence to seek help and advice
- Status within the community – if the individual is of a very low status and has a lack of self esteem they may feel they have no rights when it comes to communicating their needs and lack the confidence to seek advice
- Alcoholism – an individual with alcohol issues may not be in any condition to communicate their wishes and as a result of their condition could be living in poverty without family or other support
The financial factors that affect the communication skills, abilities and wellbeing include:
- Poverty – the individual may not be able to afford equipment needed to aid communication and may be unaware that they are entitled to grants and benefits to help them
The environmental factors that affect the communication skills, abilities and wellbeing include:
- Housing – where the individual lives, whether in a residential care environment or at home and if they receive the help and any equipment they need to communicate
- Lighting – too dark or too bright in the case of individuals with visual impairment or light sensitivity
- Noise levels – it may be too noisy with lots of background sounds that may confuse a person with hearing difficulties or dementia
- Privacy – an individual may not wish to communicate in an environment that is not private
There are many examples of factors that affect the communication skills of individual’s abilities and wellbeing, all of which must be taken into account seeking to provide for an individuals needs.