Ideas/activities to help promote dignity
Hi, my manager has asked me to be a dignity champion and to think of some ideas to help promote dignity I.e if resident is having personal care etc
Have a look at The Dignity Map on the Resources section of this website, it's a good starting point if you've not been there already.
Hi....to maintain dignity, make the person feel at ease. Close the door. Shut curtains. Ensure you have privacy. If the person is able leave them to wash themselves but be close to hand if they require assistance. Encourage the to wash intimate areas themselves wherever possible. Only expose areas that you are assisting to wash at any one time. For example wash and dress top half first, then the lower half.
Hi where abouts are you. We are in Sheffield and run a support group for activity workers can we help with this even if it is sharing our meeting minutes.in the monthly sessions we share good practice and the activities we do ,we also link so that residents can make new friends..feel free to email our activities team for any info
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I agree with the above comments but I always find that the one thing that I see people forget to do is to ask permission before you start personal care tasks. Regardless of a persons communication ability it is still respectful to ask permission.
Other observations I have picked up if a person is supported 2-1 is that often the conversation is about what they did the night before and not a conversation that includes the person you are supporting.
I am pretty-much an 'outside observer' on this one - but I really liked Sandra Reay's post.
Hi I'm an out sided too but we was trained that u never complete any personal care tasks or anything that involves them without getting permission to do so first. We would be invading there personal rights and dignity
They are all fab examples but my manager said about stuff like making notices to hang on doors telling staff to knock and wait for an answer I having personal care etc
Hi...I think we have to think outside the box sometimes....it's about putting yourself in the position of the service user and thinking about how you would feel.
Notices to knock and wait should not be required,do we have then on our bathroom doors or bedroom doors,etc, we have locks etc if required. Dignity and respect should be inherent in most human beings and in the field of care giving should be constantly underpinned in your day to day work, your approach should not change form work setting to social setting, as for permission,again this should be second nature,never assume even if you know the client well, its about choices, giving people access, providing pathways if you cannot help directly, we all have as much right to say No as well as Yes.
I understand that but some of the staff I work with do not. Thus having the idea of the door hangers
Always throughout the dignity pathway should be how the patient would feel when their asking anything of us the Care givers that we might not agree with.After all if we don't agree with their requests we can change the way we think about it in order to deliver patient centred care .
At Galanos house when new residents join us we put a welcome pack in their room and when completing the first parts of their care plan ask if they would prefer a male or female carer and if I am supporting a female resident with personal care even if I have helped them before I check that they are happy for me to help.
If signage is what you are looking for, maybe do it in a more person centred way. Depending upon your setting I would have a keyworker or meeting and discuss what is important to each person and put that on a poster or sign, you could change the sign after each meeting if the people you support felt that it had been achieved and move onto the next goal. It needs to be person centred. I wouldn't mind a sign on my door as long as it wasn't just for show and had a real purpose.
If the people you are supporting are not able to voice what is important to them you could complete the audit too and see what you need to improve on. Some people may not want a sign, make sure there opinion on the matter is heard.
I deliver training in dignity and do an exercise that you could try in a team meeting...
To prepare you will need:
- Incontinence pads
- Net 'knickers'
- Ask everyone to pair up with someone they feel comfortable with.
- Ask them to decide which one will be the care worker and which one the client.
- Give each 'care worker' a pad, nets and gloves.
- Ask them to take their 'client' to the bathroom and change them into their pads.
You will of course have people thinking its a joke so you need to try and keep a straight face and say that its a serious and important role play activity.
After a few minutes of people feeling mortified at the prospect you let them know that they don't really have to do it BUT ask the question of how it made them feel.
The good thing is that the 'care workers' feel as mortified as the 'clients' but do they ever feel like that when supporting their real clients - if not, why not? Why do we not feel a little embarrassed helping people with their personal care - do we just think 'they are used to it' or 'don't have the capacity to understand'? My opinion is if you feel you are feeling empathy towards your client you are more likely to go the extra mile in respecting their dignity.
Another quicker activity you can do in a team meeting is to ask everyone to go into the bag or pockets of someone they are sitting next to and take out a purse / wallet / phone...
Both activities can create a good discussion...
Hi, I run a Dignity in Care forum every 3 months and I am slowly running out of ideas for activities or guest speakers. The activities posted above sound like a brilliant idea - does any one have any more of these they can share?
Hi Emma, there is a great YouTube film that creates good discussion on poor practice called 'Dignity not here'. I'll try and attach a link. The picture quality isn't great but that doesn't matter. It always creates good discussion - you are unlikely to see all the poor practice in one go (you would hope!) but if you break it down there are lots of things you may see happen in the workplace.
During discussion one thing that is rarely mentioned that I pick up on is the woman talking about wanting more time off and I ask the question - what does this say to the client? That you would rather not be there...
The other film I use is Amanda Warring's 'What do you see' - after watching I ask one group to think about how you can improve Elsie's meal time and the other group, how can you help improve her bath - that works well as an activity too :-)
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some great ideas here -another idea is to ask everyone to swap shoes and walk - even if they are the same size they will never feel the same. It is all about feelings, delivering with compassion - not walking in someones shoes, walking beside them. . Look at the TLAP [Think local Act Personal] Make it Real I and We Statements - Devised by people who use services the I statements say what people expect and the We are pointers for organisations to put in place to support achievement - they are endorsed by CQC i have just used the We statements as a survey to see where people are in delivering the person centred services.
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Some very good replies. Dignity is about mental as well as physical feelings. Do not assume just because someone is a patient they are unintelligent. Let them know what is going on and why and when you feel it necessary to do it. Do not invite other members of staff to watch a procedure without the patients FREE consent should apply to any setting such as outpatients, theatre, ward etc.
Hi has anyone got any suggestions on how to get service users involved I am am doing a display bored based around dignity but struggling ideas thanks
Hi Ashleigh, what about quotes from your service users around what dignity means for them? If they struggle to think, you could have a selection of ideas to get them thinking?
A couple of years ago we created a 'dignity tree' in the centre I worked in. I did a regular craft /memory cafe so one of the ladies painted the tree - over 6' tall. We cut out leaf shapes and asked residents to write thoughts about what dignity meant to them. It was hugely successful and even our Mayor did a grand unveiling on our Dignity Day. Just a thought for you.
Sorry Asleigh !!!
Hi Ashleigh lots of good suggestions here. There are some ideas in the resource section on this website. Also lots of ideas on the Dignity in action Facebook page.
We also made a dignity tree, but made the leaves their hands and they painted them then wrote on them what dignity meant to them, it was really effective.