20 Minutes of Care – 2 Chapelhow et al Enablers


  • Fiona Louise Kendrew Liverpool John Moores University




Chapelhow Enablers, Communication, Alzheimer’s, Feeding, Risk


There are six fundamental skills that enable a health care practitioner to become an expert practitioner (Chapellhow et al 2005). This article discusses two of these skills, communication and risk management whilst feeding an individual during a work placement. An 81-year-old woman lives in a nursing home, has Alzheimer’s disease and is a type two diabetic. The element of care lasted for no more than 20 minutes but several examples of the communication and risk management enablers were present. Good communication skills promote person-centred care and examples of verbal and non-verbal communication are given. The management of risk associated with dysphagia, malnutrition, osteoarthritis and diabetes are also described.

Author Biography

Fiona Louise Kendrew, Liverpool John Moores University

Fiona is a second-year student nurse who had previously worked as a health care assistant on a medicine for older people ward for three years and a stroke unit for two years. During her adult nurse training Fiona has experienced a number of work placements which include, a gastroenterology ward, urology ward, general practice surgery and medical assessment unit. Fiona found she has enjoyed all of her placements and has been able to build on her knowledge of these areas. The article written was based upon a patient she cared for during her first placement as a student nurse within a care home. This enabled her knowledge of both communication and risk management within health care to be developed.