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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 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 individuals to work in a way that best suits their needs
  • always asking for consent before beginning an activity or action
  • listening to individuals with genuine interest and taking what they say seriously
  • ensuring that individuals with restricted mobility are comfortable
  • encouraging individuals to make their own choices (e.g. what to wear, what to eat etc.)
  • respecting each individual’s personal space and possessions
  • respecting each individual’s culture, values. traditions and beliefs
  • respecting each individual’s right to privacy
  • addressing individuals according totheir preferences (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 well-being.

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