Sadly, there are countless ways we rob people who live with dementia of their dignity.
Here are five I’ve learned based on my personal experience:
1 ) Calling them by diminutive pet names instead of their given names
2 ) Treating them like they are little more than pieces of furniture
3 ) Forcing them to sit with nothing to do for hours on end
4 ) Neglecting their overall care and well being
5 ) Inapropriately medicating them with antipsychotic drugs
Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity regardless of race, colour, creed, gender, or disease.
These tips and thoughts are based on my personal experience, as well as my knowledge and work as a former certified PAC trainer; the quote is Teepa Snow’s. Do you believe things should change? Here’s the other side of the coin: 10 practical ways care partners can help preserve the dignity of people who live with dementia.