Caregiving 101: Modern Etiquette for the 21st Century
Diversity Is The New Normal
Tips for Modern Social Etiquette
Tell your volunteer coordinator if you have specific comfort zones
Part of meeting people where they require that you both be receptive to one another. If, for example, you would prefer to support the elderly over another group of folks then this is something that you should bring up to your volunteer coordinator.
Treat your patient as a peer
The Platinum Rule says you should treat another person in the manner in which they would prefer to be treated. You may need to ask the patient how they would like to be addressed.
What the Platinum Rule is trying to tell us is to treat others as respected peers in a manner that they will recognize as respectful regardless of what you perceive to be the patient’s race, gender, sexual orientation, political beliefs, or financial means.
Ask how they like to be addressed
One key social skill that most folks should adopt is a more fluid use of pronouns. Recently, an increasing number of people are coming out as transgender, fluid, and non-binary. When you meet someone, and you aren’t sure as to what gender they identify as, it a common practice to ask for their preferred pronouns. This goes right along with asking how someone prefers to be addressed.