When your loved one develops critical illness requiring admission to a medical unit, she will most likely respond well to treatment. However, nurses will notice that she might cry and look sad. In this case, nurses will try to reassure her, but she will turn away from them. Your loved one will talk about losing her dignity because she will not be able take care of herself.
At Accela Staff, our intent is to be truly present with your loved one, to hear about her reality and the meaning of her life. We recognize that the most important thing to your loved one is dignity. So, we will ask what dignity means for her.
With no hesitation, your loved one will say that dignity is being able to be in her own home, cooking a meal, and getting herself to the bathroom. She will speak of the importance of going to church every Sunday and seeing her friends. For your loved one, dignity is about remembering the good life she has lived.
Based on your loved one’s personal description of her life and the importance of dignity, we will plan, implement and evaluate ways to focus on and enhance her desire to keep living with dignity. We understand that it can be challenging to shift from thinking of client care in terms of problems to seeing client care in terms of honoring the experiences and values most important from the person’s perspective.
We make a difference most directly by listening and providing the help that your loved one wants and needs. Our health care providers will move beyond thinking of her concerns with dignity as a problem. They will create care plans to focus on how your loved one wants to live with dignity in the hospital or her home.
We recognize how important it would be to assist your loved one with activities of daily living and to ask her about her life. Your loved one will be transformed in the eyes of our health care professionals – from problem to person, from depression to possibility, from diagnosis to dignity.