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					                                                        The Dignity
                                                         Balance
      Promoting Dignity                                                  Causing Indignity

    Conserving the social standing of                                 Neglecting people
     a person and confirm them
     in their social roles even when
     mental or physical deterioration
     occurs                                                            Being verbally or physically
                                                                        abusive

    Giving individualised care and
     support
                                                                       Ignoring people or showing
                                                                        indifference
    Not putting anyone in a position
     which is likely to lead to their
     failure in a group
                                                                       Exposing people to situations
                                                                        they can no longer manage
    Not emphasising impairments
     and disabilities in front of others

                                                                       Making people look or feel
    Making the person feel they have                                   ridiculous
     Value

    Supporting and maintaining
     autonomy


Information taken from the Dignity and Older Europeans Project
                                                          The Dignity
                                                           Balance
      Promoting Dignity                                                    Causing Indignity

    Respecting the individual’s                                         Treating people as objects
     habits and values


    Respecting their home, living                                       Being occupied by the “material”
     space and privacy                                                    side of care


    Providing comfort and
     consideration                                                       Not respecting the need for
                                                                          privacy during intimate care

    Seeking consent for any
     necessary care
                                                                         Not knocking at the door before
                                                                          entering
    Encouraging choice and
     decision-making

                                                                         Not informing people of what is
    Promoting inclusion and                                              happening
     participation and avoiding
     abandoning the person



Information taken from the Dignity and Older Europeans Project
                                                          The Dignity
                                                           Balance
      Promoting Dignity                                                    Causing Indignity
    Supporting the person in
     maintaining their hygiene and                                       Using disrespectful language
     personal appearance


    Allowing the person to take their
     time. Not hurrying them.                                            Not respecting death


    Adapting care to the needs and
     rhythm of the individual
                                                                         Speaking about the person in
                                                                          their presence as if they were not
    Trying to anticipate individual’s                                    there
     needs


    Respecting the limits of an
     individual’s capabilities                                           Displaying a disrespectful
                                                                          attitude

    Not performing activities beyond
     one’s professional competencies

                                                                         Changing the person’s
    Responding courteously to                                            environment without their
     specific requests                                                    permission


Information taken from the Dignity and Older Europeans Project
                                                          The Dignity
                                                           Balance
      Promoting Dignity
                                                                            Causing Indignity
    Being polite: and demonstrating
     respect even when feeling bad-
     tempered or stressed
                                                                         Intervening or performing care
                                                                          without consent
    Whenever possible getting to
     know the person, before
     delivering care
                                                                         Not allowing the person to speak
    Using respectful language and
     gestures

                                                                         Performing actions while
    Allowing risk taking
                                                                          ignoring the person

    Encouraging participation in
     daily life
                                                                         Lying to or deceiving people
    Retaining a sense of humour


    Doing one’s absolute best even
                                                                         Addressing them in ways they
     when time is short
                                                                          find disrespectful



Information taken from the Dignity and Older Europeans Project

				
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