When Providing Care for Someone, Why Is It Important to Avoid Making Assumptions Based on Stereotypes? How Can Individual Care Workers Guard Against Doing This?

Title: When providing care for someone, why is it important to avoid making assumptions based on stereotypes? How can individual care workers guard against doing this?

A stereotype is a fixed, general image about specific groups or types of individuals. Stereotypes are known as labels and assumptions and this means that something is taken for granted. In the essay I am going to explain what assumptions are and the importance of avoiding making them.                   Using examples from Unit 11 I will discuss how the assumptions based on stereotypes can have negative effects on a person experiencing it and how these stereotypes might lead to prejudice. I am going to use as an example people with disabilities and   Mhairi , who is a Scottish lesbian (living with her partner Gillian) in early sixties, six months after a stroke, refusing to use a wheelchair. I will also discuss a case of Gypsy travellers as they experience stereotyping and prejudice through their life. I will explain how the prejudice can lead to discrimination using case of Rosie Purves, a black nurse working in the Southampton University Hospitals Trust, who was banned from caring for a white child on the account of her skin colour. Then I am going to explain how individual care worker can guard against stereotyping and how important is to use principles of care practice in care work.

Assumptions are something that is believed to be true without proof and usually is based on information we gained through our own experience and education over the years. Assumptions are often based on stereotypes. Stereotypes can be positive or negative; both kinds are very damaging for a person who experiences it. They are used in everyday life e.g. while organizing social care service for older people. A health care worker should avoid making assumptions in terms to provide a service user with appropriate, culturally sensitive care. It is important to value diversity. The care worker is there for people who...