P1. Explain the concepts of equality, diversity and rights in relation to health and social care Health and social care practice should acknowledge, respect and accommodate this diversity. Promoting inclusion and equality, taking rights into account, is an important part of health and social care provision. A central issue for care worker and care originations is how best to respond to the needs of a diverse population, while also ensuring that every service user enjoys equality. For example, services have to meet the particular needs of people of different genders, people who have differing ethnic and cultural background and people with a large range of abilities, disabilities, illnesses and impairments. Care workers need to appreciate the benefits of social and cultural diversity in order to provide appropriate care services in a fair and equal way. As we have see, residential care home care workers work with a socially and culturally diverse population of service users and colleagues. Recognising how each individual’s social and cultural background affects their personal and care needs, and their communication preferences is an important part of care practice. Care plans, treatment approaches and care relationships should all recognise and accommodate these aspects of individual’s identity, so that the person feels valued and respected. A care worker’s values and beliefs affect the way they provide care for other. it is important to recognise and accept other people’s values and beliefs, and to avoid imposing your own. Remember that care values should be written into the policies and procedures used in the care setting where you work. Following them will ensure that you demonstrate good practice and high standards of profession conduct. Working in residential care home care workers in, they should actively promote the equality and rights of service users, of clients’ relatives and of their own work colleagues. Care workers do this by using the principles of the care value base in the care practice. These principles include: 1. Promoting anti-discriminatory practice
2. Promoting dignity, independence and safety
3. Respecting and acknowledging personal beliefs and individual identity 4. Maintaining confidentiality
5. Protecting vulnerable people from abuse and harm
6. Promoting effective communication and relationships
7. Providing individualised care.
Care workers who follow these principles for the everyday work the will promote an individual’s rights and choices, enabling the person to develop and experience a sense of wellbeing and control over their life. Putting the patient or service user at the heart of service provision is the key to this. Four example of good practice in base for care value in residential care home to ensuring that care workers is promoting individual rights: 1. Anti – discriminatory practice is an approach to care work that explicit seeks to tackle unfair discrimination as a way of promoting the rights and equality of each person using care service. For example, regardless of their cultural background, every service users should have equal access to opportunities and resources in residential care home. Unfair discrimination occurs when individuals or groups of people are treated differently, unequally and unfairly in comparison to others. For example, a care worker who refuse to take care for service user because of sexual orientation (gay). All users of care service should be treated fairly and equally. However, anti- discriminatory practice does not just mean treating everybody in the same way. It also means challenging and reducing any form of unfair discrimination that might be experienced by service users. Care workers who take an anti-discriminatory approach are: * sensitive to the ethnicity, social background and cultural needs of each individual service user * Prepared to actively challenge and try to reduce the unfair discrimination...
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