What is Identity?
Identity is about recognizing that each resident is unique.
Residents express who they are through the things they like and the things they need.
The key is to provide them with choice and options.
What does Identity look like?
In this video, each resident’s Identity shows up in what they like to eat, and where they like to sit. What makes this possible?
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How can you pay attention to Identity?
Learning the details of a person’s life
Asking family members about residents’ preferences
Looking for compromises instead of saying “no”
Letting my eyes light up when I see residents
Offering different choices of where to eat
Asking residents what their preferences are
Making sure favourite food choices are on hand
Asking residents to tell me more about their preferences
Greeting residents by their name
Asking whether food is the right temperature
Reminding residents of their personal strengths
Supporting residents’ uniqueness when I notice it
Saying, “One of the things that makes you special is…”
Offering choices for all aspects of the meal (e.g., seating arrangement and time of meal)