Extra Activity 3.5 Amanda wants to walk her dog
The following scenario is another activity which asks you to think about Staying True to Preferences.
Please read the instruction carefully, then complete the questions in the downloadable workbook located in the Resources section.
Read about Amanda's scenario then answer the questions.
Amanda has a dog called Bob. About three times per week, Amanda takes Bob for his usual walk along the nearby foreshore. The walk usually takes about 30 minutes. Today, Amanda’s disability support worker, Sarah, feels that it is too windy outside to walk Bob. She does not want to be out in the cold air and is concerned Bob will be hard to hold on the leash in such weather conditions. Sarah suggests that they compromise and go for a drive in her car with Bob. Amanda agrees to proceed in this way.
Sarah knows that Amanda likes milkshakes. During their drive, Sarah drives through the drive-through window at the local fast food restaurant to buy a milkshake for each of them. Sarah then parks the car in a parking bay along the foreshore, so that they can look out onto the beach while finishing their drinks. Sarah looks over at Amanda and is pleased that she appears happy. Bob is asleep.
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- What did Sarah see as the risk in this situation?
- Do you think Sarah’s suggestion to go for a drive was in fact a ‘compromise’? Explain your thoughts.
- Explain whether you believe that Sarah remained true to Amanda’s preference.
- In what ways could Sarah have supported Amanda to take Bob for a walk?
- Sarah was pleased that she could see that Amanda was happy. Describe whether you think Amanda being ‘happy’ was a good outcome in this situation.
- Thinking about your own work as a disability support worker, can you remember a time when you or someone you work with did not stay true to your client’s preferences? Explain the scenario and your thoughts about the situation.