– How your personal preferences, attitudes, heritage and beliefs might impact on working practice.
– How to ensure that your own practice is inclusive and respects the beliefs, culture, values and preferences of individuals.
My own values and beliefs, attitudes and heritage, may impact upon my working practice. As a second child of 4, growing up in a large family taught me that I am not the same as my siblings, I have different opinions and views, and differing attitudes. Being one of four children meant that not everything came my way as soon as Id have liked. I had to wait until Christmas for new clothes or toys as my parents couldn’t always afford new things for us all. I lived in my elder sisters hand-me-downs for many years. This has taught me, not only the value of money and material items, but also how to be patient. I can now employ patience within my work place, and can understand why life might be financially challenging for some of the elderly people that I look after.
I was always considered as being a bit of a ‘soft touch’ when I was younger, constantly letting others have their way. In my older life, and particularly within my job role, this has taught me that I can be emphatic and sympathetic towards people. I have always been interested in history, including my own family history. When I was young, I would sit for hours on end listening to grandmas stories of her own background and where she came from. This has given me a sense of my own self and has taught me how to be a good listener with the people that I care for in my working life.