This practical guide helps to define dignity in care, as well as how best to implement it. It is aimed at care providers, managers and staff who work with adults – especially older adults – in a range of settings.
Dignity resources and services
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Privacy is a major contributor to providing dignity in care. It can mean making sure that a confidentiality policy is in place; or making issues of privacy and dignity part of staff induction and training.
Good communication can help people to maintain their dignity. Communication in practice can mean asking people how they prefer to be addressed and to respect their wishes; or giving people information about their care and support in advance.
This film looks at people doing normal, everyday things like catching the bus or socialising with friends.Social inclusion, in practice, means doing things such as promoting and supporting access to social networks.
This film shows practical examples, of how people with care and support needs can be supported to have choice and control; and with that, dignity in care.
This film gives us an insight into people’s lives and the way they want to maintain their surroundings. It’s important to support people to maintain their personal hygiene and appearance, and their living environment, and to the standards that they want.
This film for health and care staff shows a number of innovative schemes across the country that offer practical assistance for people with care and support needs. The film points out that help with small tasks can prevent people from needing a higher level of care.
This film for health and care staff reminds us that pain levels vary for every individual. It also looks at how alternative therapies, massages and the simple use of moisturiser to keep the skin hydrated, can help to alleviate pain.
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