This Policy defines the Organisation’s philosophies towards the acceptance of gifts, gratuities or bequests from a service user by a staff member:
1. It is the Policy at Prime Recruitment Ltd that staff will not accept gifts, gratuities or bequests from service users, their family, relatives or friends.
2. Staff must explain politely to service users, family and friends that since it is their job to help them there is no question of them accepting personal gifts or gratuities for the care services given.
3. If the service user, relative or friend is insistent upon offering such gifts or gratuities they should be politely but firmly directed to the Domiciliary Care Services Manager or Supervisor who will explain that it is Company Policy not to accept such gifts, though the thought behind the gesture is much appreciated.
4. The same principle will apply to bequests made in service users' wills (see Policy No 3802). If a staff member has prior knowledge of a service user's intention to make a bequest, then he / she should attempt to dissuade the service user from doing so. Such instances must be recorded in the service user's Daily Notes.
5. Should it transpire that a staff member is bequeathed a sum of money or a specific gift from the estate of a service user, then the staff member should report it immediately to his / her immediate supervisor. If necessary, legal advice will be obtained on his / her behalf and where relevant any records that were previously made of the service user being asked not to make such a bequest (3. above) must be provided as mitigating evidence.