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Unit 1 - Section C - How care workers apply the care value base

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Section C How care workers apply the care value base All care work is about meeting people's physical, intellectual, emotional and social needs, to improve their quality of life. One way care workers overcome this is to empower their clients. The care values are... Promoting anti-discriminatory practice: * Freedom from discrimination * The right to be different * Aware of assumptions made surrounding gender, race, age, sexuality, disability and class * Understand prejudice, stereotyping, and labelling and their effects * Use of language (political correctness) Maintaining confidentiality of information: * Secure recording systems * The need and right to know * Value and protect client * Policies, procedures and guidelines * Boundaries and tensions in maintaining confidentiality Promoting and supporting individuals' rights: * Dignity * Independence * Health * Safety * Choice * Effective communication Acknowledging individuals' personal beliefs and identity: * The benefits of diversity * Choice * Respect * The right to be different Protecting individuals from abuse: * Hostile or negative feelings * Support * Dignity Promoting effective communication and relationships: * Provide and obtain information * Express values * Express and understand needs, fears and wishes * Maintain identity Providing individualised care: * Control of own life * Respect * Needs catered for * Improve quality of life * Provide independence * Balance between control and assistance These are the seven care values that Greengables has to follow. The consequences to the care value base not being used correctly have to be considered for the clients benefit. ...read more.

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The fourth care value is acknowledging individuals' personal beliefs and identity, Greengables accept that every client is different but treating them the same, they have to understand that the clients have different opinions and they accept each client for who they are and don't criticise them for what they believe in. Greengables do this by letting the clients wear they like to wear, spending their spare time how they like and letting them be addressed how they prefer to be addressed. An example of this would be if a client belonged to a religion with certain beliefs on how to dress then a clients would be allowed to dress like this as long as it was suitable and didn't affect the other clients. Skilled care workers should get to know the clients and how the client needs to be treated this way the care worker can treat the client differently but not in a prejudiced way. This could cause the client to feel unhappy and unwanted, maybe racially abused if that is the case. The fifth care value is protecting individuals from abuse, Greengables have courses which care workers have to do before qualifying for Greengables and train staff to report any suspected neglect or abuse towards any clients. Greengables protect clients from abuse by reporting any bruises or marks etc on a client whether it looks suspicious or not or telling a supervisor/manager if a client confided in staff about some kind of abuse. ...read more.

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The care value base is important because it prevents abuse and keeps the service to suitable standards. At Black Firs Playgroup the care value base is approached in a slightly different way. The clients at Black Firs Playgroup are children therefore they have to learn about building relationships with people and might not have the knowledge to tell someone about abuse. Staff at Black Firs Playgroup would be looking for physical damage, a change in mood or a change in noticeable emotional feeling of the child. The children could be abused by parents or other people at home or could be bullied by other children, which isn't as likely because they are a bit young. The children are less likely to be verbally abused than the older residents at Greengables because some children will not understand hurtful words for example. Both the clients from a nursing home and a nursery are at a vulnerable age because younger people take more explaining and understanding and older people are frail. At Greengables the staff would be looking for physical abuse, a change in mood and contribution to things or psychological abuse. This abuse could be from other clients, their family who visit or the care workers. The staff at Greengables have more chance of getting told or confided in by a client because they already know how to make relationships but might struggle to speak etc after a stroke for example. ...read more.

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