PRINCIPLES OF SUPPORT
For an Old Care home there are some underlying principles of support that need to be applied to ensure that the patients and people living in the care home are looked after for in a dignified way. These principles are: -
Respect for privacy and Dignity – This principle ensures that the old people have a right to lead their life in their own dignified way that they choose to. They dress up in the way they want to, eat the way they want to and most important of all are given their own private space to indulge into things they want to. If they are dependent on staff, it doesn’t mean that they need to compromise on their dignified way of living. Staff should avoid using patronizing tones while communicating with the old age people in the facility.
Fostering of Independence – Once the old age people are in the care home they need to be given time to adjust to the surroundings and perform their daily chores on their own. The staff and relatives should prevent themselves from taking over the chores of the old people thereby making them feel dependent on somebody. This can be done unless it’s absolutely necessary in case the person is unable to perform or is disabled.
Responsible Risk Taking – This basically means that the residents of the old care home should not be discouraged from undertaking certain activities just because of the fact that there is an element of risk involved, though utmost care should be provided while doing the activity such that no harm befalls upon them (Glasby, 2008).
1.1) PROCEDURES & MEANS TO PREVENT UNDESIRABLE SITUATION
The procedures and means adopted to prevent the people in the old care home from any undesirables situations are: -
Rule of Safety – Keep the residents under careful watch of attendants and keeping in mind that undue possessiveness and undue concern can lead to violation of their privacy and can cause undue complications in their recovery.