Residents young and old at Care UK’s Riverside nursing home will be making special wishes as part of Dignity Action Day and staff will be trying to make as many of them as possible come true on Wednesday 1st February.
Beverley Taylor, who manages the home in Manchester Road, Hyde, said: “People often think of privacy when they think of dignity, but actually it’s an awful lot more – it is about having real choices and receiving the type of care you want.”
“We put our residents’ needs and wishes at the heart of everything we do and we thought, to make Dignity Action Day special, we would put a suggestion box in the reception area of the home and asked people what wish would make their day extra special. My team are now running around trying to make sure everyone has what they have wished for.”
“We have had requests for trips to favourite venues or places that hold special meanings, requests for particular pieces of music to be played and lots of other exciting ideas and activities.”
The residents have already put forward their nominations for a special lunch of soup, slow-roast minted lamb or plaice with lemon, and strawberries and cream.
Beverley said: “Residents will be inviting their relatives or friends to join them for the meal and we will be setting the dining room out like a restaurant with flowers and ornate menus. Life doesn’t stop when you move into a home. You still want to enjoy a nice meal with people you love and we make sure that happens on a regular basis.”
Riverside residents range in age from their 20s to 90s. Beverley said: “It’s a great and vibrant atmosphere here, people are respected whatever their age, and everyone joins in with the activities. I think the residents and my team will have a wonderful day celebrating dignity.”