Welcome to the Local Care Home
At this care home, equality, diversity and rights is very important as residents come from a wide cross-section of society. This chapter is set for the new staff members to deliver good quality and compassionate care for our services users. This handbook contains the policies, rules and procedures referred in your contract of employment and the ones you are expected to abide by as a member of the Local Care Home team
Wishing all of you a pleasant and worthwhile time with your career at this organisation – your line manager
Know your key terms
Here is an explanation, with examples of what equality, diversity and rights mean:
Equality is being equal and having a fair society, especially in rights, status or opportunities. Some people may experience discrimination because of gender, race, sexuality, age, disability and few others. For example; A blind person is at a disadvantage because they can’t look at a presentation or won’t be able to know what it is about. A diverse action towards this situation is if you read what the power point said they would be getting all equal chances to their education.
Diversity means accepting differences; everyone’s differences are equal and accepted/respected. An example of this is; professionals in a health and social care setting should have an understanding that each and every one of their patients is unique and be able to recognise and accept these differences.
Rights is a legal entitlement to carry out or have something. When we talk about this, it means mostly to give all the equal opportunities whether small or big. In a health and social care setting such as a nursing home, every one of the service users should have the right to live, freedom and education. No one should be treated in any different way because of the way they are.
Vulnerability (the state of being exposed to emotional or physical danger/harm from others) – in health and social care settings, many people are vulnerable due to the nature of their support needs
Non-discriminatory practice is a term used to describe appropriate professional practise. This refers to a number of things: Not treating individuals or groups less favourably than others, whether the treatment is on purpose or not Being treated equally and getting the right non-discriminated care and procedure in a health and social care setting is very important and this will also be expected and assumed from the patients that they are being treated the same as others Valuing diversity
All staff and patients must appreciate diversity and respect each other diversely as everyone is unique in their own ways. Meeting individuals’ diverse needs
For example if your patient has speech and learning difficulties or their sight is impaired, it is your duty to enable communication any way possible. This could be through body language and tone of voice
Discriminatory practice is when someone is discriminated against with a number of forms of discrimination. There are four types of discrimination. Discriminating is treating someone less favourably because of their certain features as mentioned above. This is known as direct discrimination. Discrimination can occurs where there is a policy, practice that disadvantages people. This is a form of indirect discrimination. Harassment, unwanted conduct violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive act. And lastly, victimisation, example of this is; unfair treatment of an employee who made or supported a complaint
Discrimination can have many negative impacts on someone’s life and cause problems and result in low self-esteem and stress. The equality act 2010 mentioned below protects the rights of certain individuals and makes sure that all are being treated equally in all aspects and provides opportunities. You should also bear in mind that patients with...
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