Do the Right Thing
“Honor and integrity are about always doing what is right every time, not just when it fits our schedule or looks good. Always think in terms of building long term relationships with every action you do/ have long term relationships be the ultimate goal. It takes a long time to build trust and a very short time to lose it.”
When I think of the trust that our clients must have to allow us into their personal space, their home, their life, it really is an incredible honor to be invited in to share in their journey. When you couple this with potential forgetfulness and all the symptoms and possible behaviors that are associated with dementia, as professionals we must really work toward building those relationships.
Communication, to include active listening and acting on doing what we say we will do, is never ending. Especially when a client is experiencing memory challenges. We have to reintroduce ourselves and reestablish who we are and what we are doing throughout the day. Always building that rapport and trust. Imagine what a scary world this can be when people, places, and belongings aren’t familiar.
Be that person who is reassuring and validating, always doing what is right for the individuals you serve.
In the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “The time is always right to do what is right.”