1. In regards to Maria Montanelli, who is34 years of age and cares for her 96 year old mother with dementia, it ishighly important and absolutely crucial that Maria gets all the extra supportneeded from social services and other professionals. The professionals wouldneed to show compassion towards Maria to ensure that her needs are efficientlymet.
Due to Maria worrying about her position as a primary school teacher, asher lack of sleep is affecting her abilities in a negative way, in result ofher being the primary carer for her mother, it is emphasised that Maria findsan alternative method of care for her mother in order for her to receive theright amount of sleep. Another factor that could be affecting Marias sleepingpatterns is the use of sleeping pills that she has become dependent upon. Thedependency of sleeping pills may cause Maria to feel anxious and becomestressed if not taken, this could have a negative effect on her teachingperformance as she may not be able to access all of her abilities.
This maycause more stress for Maria and result in severe mental health issues. Mariacould be suggested herbal teas and scents in order to help her sleep and easeher anxiety, she may also be suggested yoga classes for a relaxation techniqueto ease her stress levels. Marias needs are also being met by allowing rest bycarers to be available and flexible whenever Maria needs to leave the house orhave independent time. However, the carers should also show compassion towardsMaria as her mother is 96 years of age and suffering from a severe mentalhealth issue and therefore Maria should be respected as and when she wants tospend time with her mother. It would be highly beneficial that Maria’s mother’scarers should be able to speak and understand Italian as her knowledge ofEnglish has deteriorated with the development of dementia.
It would bebeneficial as it would allow her mother to express her own needs instead ofMaria, however, due to this not being able to be put into place as funding islacking results in Maria having to lose more independence and sleep because sheis having to translate her mother’s needs to the carers when needed. This willhave even more of a negative effect on Maria’s teaching performance. The careassistants should be empowering towards Maria as she may become isolated as hermother is ill, so by empowering Maria her independence will be promoted and mayfell less guilty by socialising with people outside of her mother and work.This will in turn improve her social life.
As Maria is concerned about her jobas a primary school teacher, her head teacher should be supportive in helpingMaria maintain her post and empathising towards her as she is caring for herill mother instead of being negative and making comments that may make Mariafeel more anxious a depressed. In order to prevent this situation fromoccurring a member of the trade union representative should have been presentso that the issue could have been dealt with efficiently. However, it is highlyrespectful that the head teacher has allowed Maria “compassionate leave” untilthe support from the social services has been implemented. It is also respectedthat equality and non-discriminative behaviour has been agreed upon as thiswill reinforce Maria’s confidence and lower her anxiety. Empathy has been shownby the head teacher allowing Maria to reduce her hours when she returns to workin order to support her mother and help Maria to get her own life back ontrack.