Senior Care with Dignity – Our requirement for respect and dignity does not diminish as we age – in actuality, it grows even stronger. When it comes to personal hygiene, seniors may feel nervous or even ashamed that they require assistance. Elders have something or two to teach us about enduring change and handling life’s adversity. Even if a senior’s hearing or memory isn’t what it was in the past, our elders have great wisdom to impart. Our grandparents and parents, elder raised us to believe in the importance of treating others with courtesy and respect.
These past generations have held tight to their dignity, ethics, faith, honesty, and integrity, which is exactly why condescending or even inadvertent belittling is not okay, even when the goal is to protect, rather than harm.
- Knocking before opening a closed door
As circumstances and situations permit, stand aside when a senior is using the toilet, or in another room if possible.
- Ask if he prefers a running conversation during bathing or dressing, or if he’d like silence
- Let him make as many choices as possible, i.e. Would you like to bathe before or after dinner? Which pajamas would you like to wear tonight?
- Ask for his opinions and listen to his concerns. Communicate any issues or problems to family members
- Don’t ever talk about him to another person as if he is not there