However, some employers still are hesitant to employ someone with a disability as it can be ‘awkward’ to work around them. If someone on a wheelchair heard this, such as my service user, they would feel totally devalued and have a loss of self-worth.
There are charities around the UK that help with helping disabled people finding employment such as ‘Scope’. There is also a charity called ‘BUDDY’ in my local hometown where they assign someone to go out on work experience alongside someone with a disability. The 8-week course was designed to empower those with a disability with skills and knowledge to gain experience within a field of work.
It is very hard for the service user to find employment, as he is in a wheelchair- he is not able to carry out a wide range of job roles such as labouring however, there are still careers that the service user can carry out such as accountancy, bookkeeping and counsellors. It has been proven by statistics that people with disabilities take less sick days, have higher retention rates and are seen as more productive than other workers.
However, some places still have not made these changes therefore people are not following the equality act 2010- this may affect the service user as he might think that people do not care about those with a disability by not installing or making these adjustments to their organisation.
The equality act 2010 gives the ‘Duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people’. Adjustments such as installing ramps and stairway lifts, making doorways wider and automatic, providing better lighting and introducing Braille for blind people.
Whenever the service user builds the courage and decides to visit public places such as the shopping centre, public transport, and the cinema – these places have none or very limited access for wheelchair users, this is discrimination towards those who are not mobile. For example, the local bus service only has space for either 2 wheelchair or prams- he can see the bus company is trying to show inclusiveness towards those on a wheelchair, but is still struggling as they’re usually occupied meaning he has to wait for a later bus or else try get a taxi with wheelchair accessible facilities which is often hard to find with a long wait. This may affect the service user by losing whatever independence they have left.
When the service user decides to go with his mum to his local shopping mall, he sees other teenagers his age who often make fun of him and mock him due to the fact he is on a wheelchair – this is cruel and may make the service user become less confident each time something like this happens to him. By his confidence levels lowering frequently, it could lead to serious depression and maybe even suicidal thoughts!
The service user also attends a ‘Special school for those with disabilities’ which he can attend to he is 19, however this school is hidden away from the general public as it is in a laneway and covered with trees. This is not showing inclusiveness whatsoever towards anyone who attends this school as it has the idea that those with disabilities should be hidden from the public- just like their school. Since the service user is 18 so is old enough to have a general understanding of this, this may affect him by making him feel devalued by the location of his school which he spends most of his time in.
The service user may potentially feel marginalised by this mistreatment of his GP. By the service user being put to the side by his GP especially at such an early age, his health and well-being may become jeopardised due to his doctor being quite rude and arrogant towards him.
An 18-year-old wheelchair user who has spinal muscle dystrophy is a victim of discrimination on a daily basis and feels like he can no longer leave his home as he will get laughed and mocked at by other people his age and his GP who he must see weekly, also is quite disempowering towards him.
The carer is not following ‘The Equality Act 2010’- which states that service users should feel empowered throughout the care they receive that they’re entitled to, this is by being treated respected with your needs all recognised and met. By this carer not following this basic piece of legislation which she is supposed to follow as a health and social care professional- this may affect the service user dramatically as they may feel that they’re not good enough and that they feel devalued. https://www.transformworkuk.org/Images/content/718/394981.jpg
The service user’s self-worth may be that low that she feels like she can’t talk to anyone within the care home anymore because she feels ‘less-equal’ to them by the way the carer is treating her – she feels that she can’t talk to other healthcare professionals as they wouldn’t take her serious because she’s ‘old’.
As this is the service users home until she dies, she doesn’t want to be a ‘burden’ to the carers and other service users- she may feel like she has no one to talk to as she is a widow and her only child and grandchildren live over 300 miles away – she may potentially feel like giving up by having such a low self-esteem.
Become upset if they see the carer treating other service users better and they’re happy, this may potentially affect the service user by making her feel left out and devalued. This is discrimination because the carer is choosing not to care for a specific service user to her best potential just because she is old, whereas she is treating other services within the care home to the best of her potential.
The healthcare professional is disempowering the woman and making her feel
The care value is a set of guidelines which protects individuals and helps promote non-discriminatory practice within a health or social care environment. They allow the service user to feel safe and secure when in these settings- However, with this carer disempowering the elderly service user she may feel very upset which could eventually lead to depression.
By the carer not giving the service user their full potential when treating them, the service user’s confidence may lesson as the carer may devalue them in a way by treating them unfairly due to their age. By doing this the carer is not following the care value base guidelines, especially by not ‘Promoting anti-discriminatory practice’ towards the elderly service user due to their age.
This would make the service user feel less comfortable within their selves, and feel less confident with the carer not treating the service user to their full potential – this may make the service user feel unwanted and then try to detach themselves and give the carer as less stuff to do as possible as they feel like a burden.
A potential effect of marginalisation within this case is the service user would feel like they have no dignity, this may make the service user eventually depressed and feel like they are a burden towards the carer and everyone within the sector that may help them.
A carer within a care home is not treating a service user to their full potential as the service user is an elderly and is likely to pass away.
There are many potential factors that can cause discrimination that can affect those who use health and social care services.