Rushymead believes that every resident has the right to live their life with privacy, dignity, independence and choice. The home will work in collaboration with all legal and caring agencies to uphold these rights.
This policy is intended to set out the values, principles and policies underpinning this home’s approach to privacy and dignity. The home believes that privacy is an absolute right of every resident and is an integral factor in the preservation of each individual’s personal dignity.
Our approach ensures compliance with the Care Quality Commission’s guidance.
All residents of this care service should:
All residents should:
Staff should remember the following:
The dignity of residents is closely tied to Regulation 10: Dignity and Respect of the fundamental standards.
Dignity is clearly closely linked to privacy. Respecting dignity involves recognising the intrinsic value of people as individuals, their unique qualities and their specific needs and contributions.
Having a disability and needing help can easily undermine dignity. So does a hierarchical division between staff and residents if it is allowed to develop. Staff provide services, take major decisions and can come and go at will; residents have to accept what is given, are disempowered by their disabilities and remain largely within the single building in which they live.
The loss of dignity will make a person feel less than human.
It is important therefore to ensure that staff respect and promote their residents’ dignity in every way possible. Help with personal tasks should be given tactfully.
Residents should be supported to wear their own clothes, use their own equipment and health aids, and have access to their own possessions. Staff should use each resident’s preferred style of address.
The 10 Tests of Dignity in Care
Managers should be able to meet the 10 “tests” of the Dignity in Care Campaign,
which have been developed in a practice guide produced by the
Social Care Institute for Excellence.
The home & staff can contribute towards safeguarding its residents’ dignity in the following ways.
Prospective residents welcome a choice of the services they receive since not everyone wants the same things. Similarly, many residents like to be able to choose who looks after them, where they spend their time, who are their regular companions, what activities they are involved in, and so on. The lack of choice tends to leads to uniformity and monotony.
The home & staff can contribute towards promoting its residents’ range of choice in the following ways.
Most residents have given up some of their independence by agreeing to be helped with their daily routines and activities. It is vital therefore that residents should be encouraged and assisted to retain their independence in as many areas as possible rather than slipping into complete dependence.
Independence as a principle is very close to autonomy and the two terms are used more or less interchangeably in many contexts. Encouraging independence in residents — by which is usually meant their not becoming dependent on public support — is seen as an important social policy objective.
Promoting independence includes healthcare, care planning and day-to-day living, independence — or autonomy — and is to be thoroughly encouraged.
People who need care and support have often lost their homes, friends, social contacts, financial security and physical and mental abilities. Care services should seek to compensate for these deprivations by being aware of each person’s aspirations and capacities, not simply their basic needs.
A care service can promote fulfilment in the lifestyle of its residents in the following ways
All staff must understand and follow the policy on privacy and dignity.
Induction training on privacy and dignity has been developed in line with the Care Certificate standards, particularly Standard 7: Privacy and Dignity
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