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Understand the Factors That Can Effect Interactions and Communication of Individuals with Dementia

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Outcome 1. Understand the concept of diversity and its relevance to working with individuals who have dementia. 1. Explain what is meant by the terms
Diversity: This means difference and peoples differences are varied. Race, culture, age, marital status, politics and religion is all what makes us an individual. Anti-discriminatory practice: Action taken to prevent discrimination against people on the grounds of race, class, gender, disability etc. Anti-discriminatory practice promotes equality by introducing anti-discrimination policies in the workplace. Also known as anti-oppressive practice.

2. Explain why it is important to recognise and respect an individuals heritage. Some individuals may become very withdrawn when they enter a care Home. Being able to do individual things like listen to their favourite piece of music, or having their hair done a certain way, can be very reassuring. Ask family and friends to fill a “memory box” with meaningful items such as photographs, books, items from their family or favourite hobbies which will help them to reminisce. Heritage is the past life history of each individual. If we learn more about the heritage of a person, we can identify the person’s character, likes and dislikes and habits. It helps us to find out their true identity. 3. Describe why an individual with dementia maybe subjected to discrimination and oppression. The impairment in mental capacity caused by dementia can make people with dementia particularly vulnerable to discrimination and infringements of their rights. For example, they may be excluded from discussions about their care because their views and preferences are not seen to be valid or perceived to be a result of their condition, rather than a legitimate preference. When this occurs, the person with dementia may also be less able to object, or to challenge decisions that have been made on their behalf. Under the Mental Capacity Act a person must be presumed to be able to make their own...

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