Human Rights Rest on Human Dignity
Dignity is a key aspect to all humans and supports our self-esteem and self-worth. Considering people as individuals and respecting how they wanted to be treated and cared for is the start to maintain dignity. To be human there is a need to put aside our own perceptions when being a carer and take time to understand people as individuals and life in their world. If carers work to the principle, ‘I deserve the best treatment I can receive’ they should in turn be offering the best to every individual they care and support and they will instantly be upholding the dignity of the person that they’re providing care to.
Simple things such as calling people by the name they want to be known by, listening to who they are as a person and knowing that their life history is just as important as the job in hand. By taking these tiny steps now, we can build a happier future for those who will require kindness, comfort, and trust within our care system in their later years. Making connections and building relationships that are meaningful and that promote individual’s self-esteem and self-worth.
Preserving dignity for a person goes hand in hand with respect, identity, independence and maintaining a sense of pride. Every individual holds lifelong experience which is precious, the least we can do is value this in the highest esteem.
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