Nov 23, 2019

Maintain Privacy and Dignity when Providing Personal Care

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Personal care is a valuable service that many aging individuals need to live healthy and productive lives. While it’s easy to view this job as a series of tasks, it’s important to remember that, above all else, you’re offering a service. To help your charge feel valued and secure, try creating a friendly and welcoming environment where they feel respected throughout their daily routine. Additionally, make an extra effort to give your ward as much space, privacy, and autonomy as possible. The smallest of gestures can end up making a big difference in an aging individual’s life!
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Personal care is a valuable service that many individuals need to live healthy and productive lives. While it’s easy to view this job as a series of tasks, it’s important to remember that, above all else, you’re offering a service. To help your charge feel valued and secure, try creating a friendly and welcoming environment where they feel respected throughout their daily routine. Additionally, make an extra effort to give your ward as much space, privacy, and autonomy as possible. The smallest of gestures can end up making a big difference in an aging individual’s life!
   
 
==Steps==
 
==Steps==
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#Speak to them in a polite and engaged tone of voice. Always speak to your charge in the same way that you’d like to be spoken to. Would you like to be addressed in a bored and unfocused tone of voice, or in an interested and respectful tone? Extend your ward with common conversational courtesies by speaking to them in a way that views them as a person, not a task to be completed.<ref>https://ift.tt/2OCcehC>
 
#Speak to them in a polite and engaged tone of voice. Always speak to your charge in the same way that you’d like to be spoken to. Would you like to be addressed in a bored and unfocused tone of voice, or in an interested and respectful tone? Extend your ward with common conversational courtesies by speaking to them in a way that views them as a person, not a task to be completed.<ref>https://ift.tt/2OCcehC>
 
#* Eye contact is a great way to show that you’re listening and engaged to what someone is saying.
 
#* Eye contact is a great way to show that you’re listening and engaged to what someone is saying.
#* Don’t try and talk in an over-excited tone of voice, or in the way that you’d address a child. At the end of the day, your charge is an adult who would like to be treated as such.
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#* Don’t try and talk in an over-excited tone of voice, or in the way that you’d address a someone younger than your ward. At the end of the day, your charge has a right to be treated the same as anyone else their age.
#Avoid making assumptions about their hygiene. Try not to make guesses about how clean or dirty someone’s living space is, or how often they prefer to take a shower or bath. As you interact with your charge, remember that you are both 2 different people with different priorities and routines. Instead of acting judgmental, respect your ward’s choice of how clean or messy they choose to leave their room, and how often they choose to clean themselves.<ref>https://ift.tt/35sxZXT>
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#Avoid making assumptions about their hygiene. Try not to make guesses about how clean or dirty someone’s living space is, or how often they prefer to take a shower or bath. As you interact with your charge, remember that you are both two different people with different priorities and routines. Instead of acting judgmental, respect your ward’s choice of how clean or messy they choose to leave their room, and how often they choose to clean themselves.<ref>https://ift.tt/35sxZXT>
 
#* Individuals with less mobility might not be able to take care of themselves or their surroundings very well.
 
#* Individuals with less mobility might not be able to take care of themselves or their surroundings very well.
 
#Look away whenever they’re getting dressed. Remind yourself that your charge is a human being with their own sense of privacy and modesty. Unless they explicitly ask or need your help, make an obvious effort to turn the other way while they clothe themselves. If you are helping them get dressed, try not to look at their private regions in the process.<ref>https://ift.tt/35sxZXT>
 
#Look away whenever they’re getting dressed. Remind yourself that your charge is a human being with their own sense of privacy and modesty. Unless they explicitly ask or need your help, make an obvious effort to turn the other way while they clothe themselves. If you are helping them get dressed, try not to look at their private regions in the process.<ref>https://ift.tt/35sxZXT>


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