Dignity Action Day 2022 at GoodOaks Homecare – ‘Dignified care is about respect.’
Care should be given with respect and dignity. This February 1st is Dignity in Care Day across the UK, an annual opportunity for health and social care workers, and members of the public to uphold dignity for everyone who is being cared for and create a great day.
At GoodOaks Homecare we will be supporting Dignity in Care’s Dignity Action Day #DAD2022 – As a care provider, we are committed to upholding dignity in all our care, treating every client – their friends and family – with the respect and care they deserve. Our carers know that it is the small things that make the big differences – the small acts of kindness that show we really care. You can read more on the subject from the Social Care Institute for Excellence here.
Dignity is at the core of what we do and is part of our PRIDE values of: Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Dedication and Empathy. We are committed to these and put them at the centre of all the work we do.
Dignity and respect go hand in hand. By respecting a person’s wishes and their autonomy to choose their own care, we provide the best experience and service for them.
GoodOaks Homecare Team Leader Ying Barker said: “I think Dignity in Care is about respect. Respecting people’s wishes, giving them choices and allowing them to make their own decisions. I always ensure I treat people how I would like to be treated and make sure they know they are valued as an individual.
“I always ask consent from my clients for every single task, and I understand my client also has a right to refuse. I give them a choice of how they like the task to be done and ensure I do every task in line with their preferences and their care plan.”
Team Leader Edit Bertalan said that being respectful was an absolute must in care. She added: “Words, body language, facial expressions and eye contact show so many things about a person and we have to react to them appropriately to make them feel respected. We have to enable them to make decisions whenever possible and involve them in the activities that they are able to complete.
“I always remind those I care for that their care plan was created to suit them as an individual, we follow their likes, dislikes and preferences, and not the other way round.
“Also, we have to reflect on our own way of working, explaining what we are doing, gaining consent for even the most regular activities and not making assumptions.”
You can read more about the Dignity in Care campaign here.
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