Most of us at some point in our lives will be in contact with care services, be that in our work, as a service user, carer, relative or friend and when we do we hope we will be treated with dignity and respect. Over 2 million health and social care staff in the UK work around the clock to provide support and care for those in need. Over 40,000 of those staff have joined forces to provide a more dignified service in their place of work.
Birds Hill Nursing Home is helping to make sure that dignity is a reality for all. Over and above the care that Birds Hill Nursing Home provides on a daily basis, they participated in an event, as part of a national day of action to promote Dignity in Care.
Birds Hill Nursing Home held a ‘digni-tea’ with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. This involved staff, resident’s, friends and family and was held on Thursday 5th February 2015 at the Home. The activity promoted the dignity of those in the care of Birds Hill Nursing Home, by making sure that the residents are treated as individuals, are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives, and are provided with stimulating and fun activities.
A spokesman for Birds Hill Nursing Home said: “We think it is extremely important that on a daily basis providing ‘dignity’ is a key element of our day to day care.”
Dignity Action Day is a national initiative led by the Dignity in Care Campaign and it’s key partners, to bring staff and members of the public together to make a difference to those in care.
In the words of Joan Bakewell who supports the campaign “Dignity Action Day highlights a more respectful way of behaving towards vulnerable people. The very old and the very young clearly need our respect, but it wouldn’t do any harm to spread the dignity message across the population then we can all benefit.”
Dignity Action day gives everyone the opportunity to contribute to upholding people’s rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people receiving care.
Anybody can support dignity action day. To find out more, log onto http://www.dignityincare.org.uk/where resource packs full of ideas and useful information for staff and members of the public to support Dignity Action Day can be found.