care values

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Independence and Empowerment.Empowerment is self-determination in an individual, or when someone gives you authority. Empowerment is also standing up for yourself saying what you believe is right, and making people listen. A group/community who need empowerment may be a hospice or a homeless shelter as they need to become stronger and more confident. It is important to have empowerment because this gives an individual emotional strength, confidence and courage. The NHS encourage their patients to try to direct their own health and wellbeing, this involves their patients which gives them self-confidence, self-esteem and empowerment.Promoting independence is giving the chance for someone to do something they would usually find challenging alone, with necessary support. If you do not give the opportunity for an individual to do a task by themselves then it may lead to that individual having a lower self-esteem and lower self-confidence. For example if a carer, caring for the elderly, did not let their patient attempt to do a task alone the patient may feel irrelevant. Empowering yourself and promoting independence link together because they both refer to learning to take care of your own safety and wellbeing. Maintaining ConfidentialityMaintaining confidentiality means that you must keep your patients personal information to yourself and not tell anyone, including family, co-workers, friends. For example an individual’s name, age, address, diagnosis, marital status are to be kept confidential.The data protection act in 1998 states that all confidential information stored on a computer and files are to be kept private and personal. It is important that personal information remains confidential, if not ,that patient will get worried if a stranger got hold of their private information such as their name and address. To maintain confidentiality a doctor/nurse could have a difficult long password on their computer where the information is stored therefore only they would be able to access it. SafeguardingSafeguarding is protecting vulnerable people of all ages, it protects people from abuse or neglect. Safeguarding is set to make sure that people have good access to health care.Working in safeguarding means putting the vulnerable individual first, to ensure that, that individual gets the help needed to protect them. You should teach them to empower themselves, so they learn to have control over there life and what happens in it. The main benefit of safeguarding is that the individual in danger is noticed and the individual is safe and healthy. However if the individual that is in danger is not noticed the abuse may develop further and result in serious illness or injury.It is very important that the staff in safeguarding are significantly trained. Trained staff will be able to identify the clues that someone is being abused, they are also able to identify who is vulnerable and they can record abuse approximately.