Unit 2 task 1 -Equality and Rights in Care Settings

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Equality and rights

Right to be respected treated with equality, fairly, respected as an individual and not discriminated against:

Being treated fairly and equally means having access to all services they may need regardless of their age, gender, race etc. The right to be respected and treated with equality means that they shouldn’t be discriminated against no matter what their personal circumstances are, and legally people cannot be discriminated against, according to the Equality Act 2010.

For example in a Doctor’s surgery they should accept patients of any age, ethnic background, culture, gender etc. as everyone has the right to be treated equally and to not be discriminated against, so they should all be able to access the services they need and/or want.

Right to privacy and dignity:

The right to privacy and dignity means that individuals have a right to preserve their privacy and dignity with particular reference to hygiene, feeding etc. For example, in a residential home a resident who needs help with personal care like washing should be bathed with the bathroom door closed, if they cannot drink properly from a cup then special cups should be provided or the necessary support provided, in a hospital curtains should be drawn around the bed whilst receiving treatment or having a bed bath etc. All of these practices help to maintain the dignity and privacy of the person being cared for, and care workers should provide care that ensures the person receiving care should not ever be made to feel embarrassed, belittled, or condescended.

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Right to protection from danger and harm:

Care workers should do everything in their power to protect service users from danger and/or harm. This danger can be physical, for example punching, kicking, restraining someone unnecessarily, or handling people roughly when helping them with bathing, moving or using the toilet; sexual, for example doing things to a person without their consent; psychological, for example humiliating someone or harassing them; financial, for example stealing their money or possessions, or putting pressure on someone to give you money. Those most at risk from danger and harm are children, individuals with mental health problems, ...

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