Care Giver Code of Ethics
Think about it, would you want someone
to care for you who didn't have good moral values? No
one would. Therefore, there is no way to run a
proper care facility with out establishing and
following a code of ethics.
Ethical beliefs are our own feelings about our
moral values. Socrates said, "Moral
philosophy is hard thought, about right action." The
most common "right action" is doing
to others what you would want done for you.
heart and soul of a business is
found in its values. Good values
are essential to proper care giving.
Each person needs to make the decision of what
their philosophy of life is and what moral
values are important to them. If you want to
be in this business then you need to have a "helping
philosophy" and you need to care. This
is a care business, therefore caring is expected
is not a subject; it is life put
to the test in dozens of moments." ~Paul
The first value is that of trust. You must value
trustworthiness in order to be trustworthy.
A Care Giver must establish a bond of trust with
the Resident. Establishing trust can be achieved
by providing the Resident with information.
The Care Giver gives the
information; the Resident gives the consent. This demonstrates what the
Resident wants, what the Care Giver wants, and
that you, the Care Giver trust the Resdent to
make decisions about their own life. This method
allows total responsiveness to the Resident's
needs and autonomy (Self-Law). The Resident
trusts the Care Giver, who in turn must trust
the management. Part of giving care is treating
the staff ethically.
The second value is that
of love. We can allow ourselves to "love" our Residents. We
can learn to love both the Resident and ourselves;
it's a balance, which only can be achieved through
the support of others in our lives. This love
must be unconditional and say, "I will not
reject you even if I disagree with you; I will
always love you even if you don't do things
ProvidersWeb's Care Giver
Code of Ethics was
designed to be a training tool for care and
support staff. It was created with the cooperation
of residents, assisted living staff, medical
advisors, and others.
Caregiver's Code of Ethics
Autonomy: It literally means "Self-Law".
A good Care Giver understands the need for people
to freely determine one's own course in life.
The Care Giver will promote independence for
each Resident, consider the Resident's individual
values, and protect the Resident's right to self-determination
by allowing the Resident the ability to express
how he/she really feels. The Care Giver makes
sure each Resident is being given choice of
Business: As the old saying goes, "The true
reward of a thing well done is to have done it." A
good Care Giver will be dedicated to performing
high quality work, to educate his/her self by
attending continuing educational classes, and
to improving his/her professional growth, knowledge
and skills to maintain competent care. The Care
Giver shall use fair practices and not discriminate.
Complaint Handling: When a Resident has a complaint,
the Care Giver shall acknowledge the problem,
gather basic data, investigate the cause,
form a solution (with the help of others if
needed), respond to the Residents needs, and follow
up to make sure the problem was handled in a
manner that is satisfactory.
Consideration: A good Care Giver will be
thoughtful of others. He/she will notify
the Resident if an appointment or a promise cannot
be kept. The Care Giver understands their
duty to be compassionate, patient, and fair. The
Care Giver will empower the Residents to
decide or think for themselves.
your values are clear, your decisions
Cooperation: A good Care Giver sincerely strives
to maintain continuous and positive communications
with each individual, group, and the community
at large. The Care Giver will work diligently
with the Resident and others to set goals, resolve
issues, and plan for quality care. He/she will
listen to others, and be clear when communicating.
The Care Giver will let others know when they
have been helpful.
Goodness: All those who serve agree to have
a mission of goodness. A Care Giver must
believe that goodness will prevail; that goodness
is a virtue to seek after and develop. Spreading
goodness will benefit the Resident's emotional,
social and spiritual well being.
Happiness: Happiness and doing good facilitate
each other. A good Care Giver listens to
the Resident's preferences, provides information
and choices, and assists where needed to insure
participation. Good Care Givers take time to
be kind and spread happiness.
Honesty: A good Care Giver must be honest
with one's self and takes into effect one's
actions on others. A good Care Giver lives life
Individuality: The Care Giver must respect
without prejudice the Resident's individual
lifestyle, value system, and religious beliefs.
A good Care Giver encourages others to live
up to their individual capabilities and potentials.
Dignity comes from recognizing the value
of others contributions and accomplishments.
We do not have to condone or agree with an individual's
choice; we need to allow them to make choices
according to their own value system.
Life: Life is precious, and to be treasured.
Disease, disability, or functional status
does not affect the worth of an individual.
A Resident is always to be treated with the
utmost kindness, and respect.
Non-Discrimination: A good Care Giver has
the ability to treat everyone as an equal.
A Care Giver will not judge someone else's
personal, cultural or religious beliefs.
All Residents are to be treated respectfully
and given dignified care.
Protect: Good Care Givers ensure a responsible,
safe and healthful environment. He/she protects
the Resident's confidentiality and provides
for physical privacy. The Care Giver will
question unethical, illegal or incompetent
practice. He/she shall monitor for appropriate
level of care being provided and for uncontrolled
Rights: Rights entitle a person to do something
without the interference from other people.
Rights can also entitle a person to obligate
others to do something positive for them.
A good Care Giver remembers at all times
the rights of privacy, individuality, freedom
of religion, and freedom from discrimination.
Service: The good Care Giver provides dignified
and quality care. The Care Giver will make
sure he/she is competent in performing duties.
If help is needed, he/she will not be afraid
to ask for assistance. The Care Giver continuously
will assess evolving personal care needs
of the Resident. A good Care Giver is able
to identify and utilize appropriate resources
and other services for the benefit of the
Resident. Care Givers empower others by sharing
their knowledge, time, and talents. They
believe in their own problem solving ability.
Spirit: Those in service nurture the spirit
of each Resident. Good Care Givers have the ability
to accept diverse spiritual beliefs. They
promote the Resident's spiritual well being and
they don't intrude upon a Resident's personal
makes us do things well. Love helps us
do them beautifully.
Frequently review this Code of Ethics. No one
is perfect. We should strive to learn from our
mistakes, do the right thing, and know we are
living a "helping philosophy". Accept
compromise only to the degree that you can retain
your integrity. As good Care Givers we shall advance
the profession through goodness and ethics. We
must endeavor to uphold these standards so that
we may be respected as persons and as an industry.