Support Independence And Wellbeing

 Worker attitudes

You are in the staff room, when the conversation of sexuality arises. One of your co-workers says “It’s disgusting; I hate the thought of clients having sex. Most of them probably can’t do it anyway.”

Another adds, “I don’t mind when it’s part of a normal relationship, but it’s another matter when they get involved in same sex relationships.”


1. Are the attitudes of your co-workers inappropriate/ explain why/why not?




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2. What consequences could these attitudes have for clients?




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Case study C – Aroha

Aroha is an eighty-year-old Maori woman from New Zealand with diabetes and arthritis. Aroha has recently been admitted to an aged care facility in Australia as she has been unable to care for herself in her own home. Aroha has no family living in Australia; she has an intimate relationship with a male friend who visits her three times a week. She has four female friends who she used to play cards with once a week. Aroha enjoys reading and gardening. You are her aged care worker.


1. Describe how you could support Aroha to engage with relevant social, cultural, spiritual and wider community networks.

a. What questions would you ask to identify her social, spiritual and cultural needs and preferences? (answers could include (minimum 4 questions))



b. How would you encourage and assist her to attend activities?



c. What modification of activities might be required?



d. How would you provide information and assistance to Aroha to encourage her to build, strengthen and maintain independence?



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2. How you could support Aroha’s health needs

a. What impact would Aroha’s circumstances have on her health?


b. What support could you provide that would promote good health? (relate to her conditions)



c. What would indicate to you that Aroha may be experiencing pain?

(minimum 3 examples required))



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3. a. How might you support Aroha’s emotional and psychological wellbeing?



b. How may Aroha’s circumstances impact on her emotional and psychological wellbeing?


c. How could you support and promote her self-esteem and confidence?



d. What variations to Aroha’s emotional health and wellbeing would you need to report?

How would you report this to meet/follow the organisations procedures?


e. When would you need to seek additional support for Aroha?




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4. 4a. What signs would make you suspicious of abuse or neglect? (minimum 3 examples required))


4b. How could you support Aroha to create an environment that meets her needs and preferences?



4c. What activities of daily living habits could you promote to contribute to her healthy lifestyle? (minimum 3 examples required))



4d. What hazards would you need to be aware of?

How would you report these hazards according to your organisation’s procedures?



4e. What aids would assist Aroha?



4f. What items could Aroha have in her room that could meet her cultural needs? (minimum

3 examples required)



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5. Describe how you might recognise and accommodate Aroha’s expressions of identity and sexuality as appropriate in the context of their age or stage of life? (answers could include)



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