S.T.O.P. [Abuse] Intervention is a strategy to prevent abuse in the client and caregiver relationship. It guides staff on how to handle challenging situations; supports a respectful, client-centered relationship between clients and caregivers and finally promotes the appropriate use of power to ensure resident’s needs are foremost and their vulnerability is protected.
The word STOP is an acronym for:
S= STOP T=THINK O= OBSERVE P=PLAN
You must always stop:
It is essential that you think about the residents:
Observe the resident’s reactions and response to your approach and care. Some residents have difficulties or impairment, cannot ask for help and must rely entirely on other people and caregivers to identify and meet their needs.
Planning may include learning more about what individual resident’s wishes are; getting more help; organizing the care differently or talking to others and finding out what is working for them. Consideration is necessary to plan a different approach.