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7.6b Reflect on how their own personal views could restrict the individual’s ability to actively participate in their care

Whilst working in care, it is important to remain professional and respect an individual’s view even if you do not agree with them personally. For example, you may be a vegetarian and be against eating meat, but the individual you care for might want to eat some kind of meat for dinner or go to a steakhouse. It is vital that you do not let your own personal views get in the way of this.

If you do let your own views get in the way of what the individual wants, you could affect their care in a negative way. The individual is the expert when it comes to their care and they know what is best for them. By letting your personal views get in the way, you are taking away their independence and the control they have over their care, which is not good for them.

This restricts their ability to actively participate in their care, which as we have discussed, is extremely important. Therefore, you should refrain from giving your personal view if you think it will restrict the individual’s ability to actively participate in their care.