Unit 203 Introduction to Equality and Inclusion Essay

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Unit 203 Introduction to equality and inclusion in health, social care and children’s and young people’s settings. Worksheet 6: Case studies 4222-203 learning outcomes – 1.2, 3.2 Include the following in your Answers: • Is the individual being discriminated against? • Is it deliberate or inadvertent? • How and when would you ask for support? • What could be done to manage the situation? You are a support worker for Mr Salinky who has dementia. You know that Mr Salinky chooses not to eat pork for religious reason. You read in his support plan that a colleague has given him a bacon sandwich. When you tackle her she says Mr Salinky is confused so he won’t know what he’s eating. Firstly I would totally feel that this is a discriminatory act. My reason for my opinion on this is due to the neglectful actions when taking into account his cultural believes and wishes. I feel this act from another colleague actually borders on institutional abuse. Especially since I’d made attempts to challenge her on her reasons for giving him the meat. In the event of making a conscious decision give Mr Salinky the meat in the sandwich, suggesting that he wouldn’t be aware it was pork, because of his mental illness of dementia, show it was a deliberate act of discrimination on her part. If as the case suggests that it was written within Mr Salinky care notes that Mr Salinky was not to eat pork, due to his religious background, and she then choose to ignore the information then it would show that the act was deliberate, assuming that due to the confusion associated with dementia that he wouldn’t know the difference. Consequently she is actually discriminating the illness too, assuming that because a person has such a complex illness and dementia is linked with a degree of memory loss and confusion that all people with dementia wouldn’t be aware of what they were eating as

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