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Equality, diversity and rights

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Equality, diversity and rights * The meaning of the word equality is that all individuals have the same value but it still doesn't mean that they all should be treated in the same way. We as individuals need to value diversity. Equality is in the term that every individual has equal opportunities. In the health and social care settings and other work places have equal opportunities policy; this type of policy will create a level playing field in the work place so that the people are treated equally. * The meaning of the word equity means being fair. In the health and social care settings equity is about to ensure that all individuals have fair and equal accesses to services like doctors, medication and also treatment, it also means that the needs from service users should be treated in a fair way and receive equal treatment form the doctors, medi fdcation and services. * The word diversity is used to describe the differences between all individuals, it's very important to acknowledge them differences. There are two main reasons to respect the diversity of other individuals and these are the two following reasons: 1. It's not fair and can be illegal to treat people from different minority groups differently or in a discriminatory way. 2. It's important to know and accept that there are positive benefits to society when diversity is respected. If we value diversity it can open our minds to new and exiting experiences and also to new ways of thinking which can make our lives interesting. Society helps us to respect diversity because by not caring for minority groups we will miss their valuable culture. (P1) Explain the benefits of diversity to society: We now live in a multicultural society, this means that we live in a society with many different people of different religions, cultures and also other regions, we all live together in a same society. ...read more.

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Respect other individuals is the main point to a health workers responsibility, respect isn't about preserving dignity its about respecting an individuals beliefs, values, wishes and respecting their needs, choices and privacy. Respect is about individuals rights to choose the kind of health care that they want even when these choices clash with our opinions. Demonstrating respect requires the following: * Being patience * Good communication skills * Accept any choices being made * Professional interactions between the health worker and also for the individual Meeting individual needs: It's very important to meet individuals basic health needs prior to other needs. The most important needs for an individual are warmth, food and shelter. When individuals basics needs have been met we can than try to meet higher level needs like emotional, social and intellectual. Talking account of choices: Valuing individuals choices are very important part of the care value base. Making choices doesn't have to be like choosing a place of residence by offering quite simple choices we can make difference to a health and social care. Positive promotion of individual rights: Promotion of equality and rights is seen on board's displaying key policies and guidelines. The health care settings are required by the government to display health and safety regulations. This can give the services users reassurance as they come to a health care settings and this also happens to remind the staff about their duty regarding to confidentiality. This includes a section on the responsibilities of the individual towards eachother and also for the staff who are caring for them. Handbooks can outline the rights and responsibilities of staff and the service users. Dignity in care settings: There is a law that has been launched in November 2006 that tells how to ensure that older people are treated with dignity and respect as it's their right. Receiving dignity and respect form the health care can make a different to the elderly people's lives. ...read more.

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I would work alongside with them in a professional manner and treat him the same way as I treat everyone else, at the end of the day it's my job to do that to respect everyone the same no matter what they are or what they have done. I feel that I am able to work alongside with people that are different from me in a profession way. I would work alongside the care value base giving everyone equal, respect and also dignity. These types of strategies are my strengths. If I was going to name my patient as "GAY" and not addressing them by their name this is known as discrimination and would make the person feel low, degraded and also marginalized so therefore its very important for me to control my language and the words that I will say to them, will have to think before I speak and make sure that my negative attitude will b changed into a professional positive behavior towards my patient. When you're working in a care settings as a care it very important to because what you are saying especially when you are talking to a patient because accidently you may say something without thinking meaning no harm and it can affect the person easily and they will become offended which can lead to lowering their self esteem and self concept. When working in a health and social care settings its part of the policy that abusive behavior and language is not allowed and we as a care must follow the policy and guidelines. Another as tragedy to help to overcome discrimination is to try and avoid talking about certain subjects with certain people. It's important for all individuals' to put their personal beliefs and values aside when working in the health and social care sector in order for them to do their job properly and follow policy and guidelines of the job. This will bring harmony between the carer and the patient or service user. ...read more.

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