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7.1b List situations where an individual’s privacy and dignity could be compromised

While caring for an individual, you must be careful to not compromise their privacy and dignity. If you’re not cautious, you could compromise it unintentionally. Here are some examples of situations where privacy or dignity could be compromised:

  • When entering the room an individual is in while they are unaware of your presence
  • When speaking about personal information in a public place where there are unauthorised people who could overhear
  • When you are arranging an individual’s clothing such as a hospital gown
  • When an individual needs support to go to the toilet
  • When you need to touch an individual to help them wash or something similar

In the next section we will go over how you can maintain privacy and dignity in these situations where it may otherwise prove difficult.