DIGNITY in Action
1st February 2018
Dignity in Action Day at Rusthall Lodge Care Home was a joyous celebration of 'Respect', 'Dignity', 'Self-respect', 'Worth' and CAKE! Residents had built a beautiful Digni-Tree which was on display in the main lounge, festooned with leaves. Each leaf had written on it, what 'dignity' meant to each resident.
With over twenty Dignity Champions in the Home, the main driving force behind today's event was Nursing Manager, Sarah Pierce who has also been instrumental in steering staff with General Manager Hilary Taylor, from all departments to join the National campaign.
There were decorative biscuits made by local school children, beautiful glittery cakes prepared by the catering team and a display put together by the residents. Residents, staff and visitors took the time to sit down and share a cup of Digni-Tea and chat away the hours talking about any subject that arose.
The Dignity in Care campaign was launched in November 2006, and aims to put dignity and respect at the heart of UK care services.
The campaign now has over 80,000 registered Dignity Champions - be they individuals or care organisations. They are part of a nationwide movement, working individually and collectively, to ensure people have a good experience of care when they need it. They include councillors, staff at all levels in NHS and social care, volunteers, service users, their carers and members of the public.
The Dignity in Care campaign is led by the National Dignity Council, who work together to raise the profile of the network and to place greater emphasis on promoting the work the Dignity Champions do to improve standards of care for people who use services.
The campaign's core values are about having dignity in our hearts minds and actions, changing the culture of care services and placing a greater emphasis on improving the quality of care and the experience of citizens using services including NHS hospitals, community services, care homes and home support services.
AS A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC, YOU CAN BECOME A DIGNITY CHAMPION TOO -