DIGNITY & RESPECT
Definition: Treating clients in a way that helps them preserve their dignity while still helping them feel valued. They are treated like an adult (not infantilized).
If an older adult has had a stroke they may not be able to eat without spilling some. Their mouth may not be able to keep all the food enclosed. As a result, their clothing may become stained or soiled for the rest of the day. Wearing dirty clothes may reduce their feeling of dignity for the day.
Much of this falls to the caregiver to ensure they are treated with dignity and respect. We all appreciate being called by our preferred name. Most of us would appreciate our bodies being treated with the same respect we have experienced through our life. It mainly means when changing clothes or bathing, ensuring they are covered appropriately through the experience.