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Identify ways to promote dignity in their day-to-day work

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Promoting dignity in your day-to-day practice means working in a person-centred way and treating everyone as an individual with unique needs, wishes and preferences. It also means respecting the views, beliefs and decisions of the individuals that you work with, promoting their rights and being compassionate, empathetic and non-judgmental.

More specifically, you could demonstrate how you promote the dignity of the individuals that you care for by:

  • collaborating with them to work in a way that best suits their needs
  • always asking for consent prior to beginning an activity or action
  • listening to them and taking what they say seriously
  • ensuring that individuals with restricted mobility are comfortable
  • encouraging them to make their own choices e.g. what to wear, what to eat etc.
  • respecting their personal space and possessions
  • respecting their culture, values. traditions and beliefs
  • respecting their right to privacy
  • addressing them how they prefer to be addressed e.g. first name or Mr/Mrs/Ms/Dr

By promoting dignity in the way that you work, you also promote the individual’s identity and self-esteem, which can have a profound positive effect on their wellbeing.

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