People in need of care may spend their lives in public spaces. How can privacy, choice and independence be maintained in these situations?

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JOANNE RATCLIFFE                                                                             K100

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People in need of care may spend their lives in public spaces.  How can privacy, choice and independence be maintained in these situations?

How can people in need of care that live in public spaces maintain their privacy, choice and independence? Initially, the way privacy and public space is defined will be considered.  Secondly, an example of a local residential setting will be used to ascertain whether those in care environments can achieve any privacy and whether they have any control over their own space.  We will then examine a further example of a residential setting, examining how privacy, choice and independence can be maintained.  Finally, we will explore the role played by the development of core values, codes of practice and National Standards in relation to residential care.

Many differing types of care take place in a variety of spaces such as private homes, day care centres, nursing and residential homes and hospitals.  Each of these examples may have both private and public spaces within them, for example the ward of a hospital could be seen as a public space, but the desk or office where the nurses sit or complete paperwork could be seen as a private space.  ‘Public and private space can be defined on the basis of who has access to space and the activity being undertaken within it’ (Unit 7, p.66).  ‘Willcocks et al. (1987) report on findings from a national consumer study of local authority residential homes for older people carried out in 1980/81’ (Unit 7, p.66).  ‘They comment on the variety of ways where privacy may be difficult to achieve due to the lack of single rooms as a private space, that residents could not lock their rooms and the public and communal environment of lounges and dining rooms lead to visiting taking place in public areas’ (Unit 7, p.67).  In contrast to this view Ittelson et al. defined privacy as ‘the freedom of individuals to choose what they will communicate about themselves and to whom they will communicate in a particular situation (1974, P.152) (Unit 7, p.68).  Consequently, privacy could be defined by how people feel about themselves and others, how they behave in public spaces and whether there is any access to private space.

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Whilst exploring space for care, it would be prudent to look at the control aspect of residential living space.  ‘Caring relationships often demand that people allow other people access into their space (Twigg, 2001)’ (Unit 7, p.69).  The space mentioned by Twigg could be interpreted as either someone’s own personal space or someone’s physical space, perhaps a bedroom.  In a nursing home a carer would possibly need to wash and dress those they are caring for, therefore accessing their personal space, these types of tasks would generally take place in a private bedroom or bathroom, and as a ...

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