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Q: 1.3 Describe ways to ensure that personal attitudes or beliefs do not obstruct the quality of work
A: As a care worker in the community services industry, the pre-existing beliefs you may have could be related to stereotypes that have developed for you around issues like sexuality, alcohol and other drugs, ageing and disabilities, independence, [ health, the rights of people, your idea of health and what it?s like to be older and/or disabled. These stereotypes could affect the way you interact
and work with clients. This is because you have assumptions about what your clients can and can?t do for themselves, the way they should think about issues and what is best for them. If you make assumptions as a worker then you are denying clients their rights, respect and dignity. As a worker this would be regarded as a breach in your duty of care towards clients. The need for older people and people with disabilities to express their sexuality does not necessarily diminish over time. The desire for intimacy can in fact intensify. The development of new relationships may occur as a result of living in a residential care setting or as people?s social networks change over time. The right to express sexuality is a quality of life issue and is part of one?s self-identity. The way people choose to express their sexuality may change over time in a variety of ways. Intimate relationships enhance a person?s quality of life and contribute to their feelings of well being. As a care worker it is important to respect a person?s right to express their sexuality in a way which is appropriate for them. ]
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