Allied Healthcare reflects on Dignity in Care

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All individuals are entitled to dignity – no matter their age, gender, skin colour or disability – and we encourage our workforce to always strive to keep this in mind.

There are many different ways on how dignity in care can be achieved as well as fundamental attributes one should aspire to uphold.

Firstly, you have to be respectful. The beliefs of our clients should always be followed and respected. There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ in care. Every person is different and has different needs, so communication is key.

Not only should you be respectful to the individual, but it is imperative you also respect their personal space and possessions. Be mindful that a client’s home is their sanctuary, so having strangers come into that space can initially be a very daunting prospect for them. It is important to communicate with them to understand their expectations of their care team.

It is also important to ask the client how they would like to be addressed. A name is vital to someone’s identity, so making an assumption about which title or name a person would prefer to be identified by can harmful.

As part of Dignity Action Day, we asked our workforce – what dignity means to them? And here are their responses…

Valerie
Care Assistant, Allied Healthcare – Colchester
“Dignity should focus on a person as an individual and respect their choices and decisions and not make assumptions about what they might like.”

Lindsey
Lead Nurse- London
“Dignity means that every individual deserves the best treatment. As a Nurse, I have the responsibility to give the best treatment I can to other people.”

Lesley
Administrator, Allied Healthcare- Basildon
“Showing respect and letting our service users do what they want to do as long as it is safe.”

Imelda
Care Assistant, Allied Healthcare – Colchester

“In care, dignity is respecting customers and their choices. We must include our customers in our conversations; listen to their ideas or ask for their ideas. Dignity is about respect and manners.”

Sarah
Branch Manager, Allied Healthcare -Basildon and Reigate
“Dignity for me is making sure our staff share our values to make our customers feel confident and listened to in the care we deliver.”

Larissa
Lead Nurse, Allied Healthcare- Basildon
“The importance and value that a person has, that makes other people respect them or makes them respect themselves.”

Lorena
Deputy Manager, Allied Healthcare- Basildon and Reigate
“Dignity is delivering a holistic person-centred approach and allowing the client to have a choice and a say in their care.”

 

At Allied Healthcare, we are passionate about maintaining personal dignity and treating people with respect and we strive to put dignity at the heart of everything we do.

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