Though free, the principles of dignity and respect do not generally grow on trees. Except at Parklands care home, in Cheshire, where residents have been cultivating their very own ‘Digni-Tree’ for Dignity Action Day 2015.
Staff at the CLS-run care home helped residents to discuss what dignity and respect means to them. Each resident then wrote their ideas down on paper leaves and used these to decorate the branches of a ‘tree’, which now stands proudly on display for all to admire. Messages included: ‘Being given choices’, ‘Being treated as an individual’ and ‘Being treated in a caring and thoughtful way’.
To help celebrate Dignity Action Day, staff also threw an afternoon tea party for residents, with homemade cakes and tea, served in a bone china tea service. Reflecting on the day, 80-year-old Jean Doyle (pictured) commented: “I’ve had such a lovely time chatting with everyone and making the tree. It’s only when you stop to really think about these things that you realise what a difference people’s actions and attitudes can make. Being treated with real kindness and respect is everything.”
Dignity Action Day is a national campaign that aims to put dignity and respect at the heart of UK care services, as well as provide a truly memorable day for all people receiving care. The campaign is supported by the National Dignity Council.
Home Manager, Chris Machin, added: “At CLS we place dignity and respect at the very heart of everything we do, and go to great lengths to ensure that each of our residents are treated as individuals. Dignity Action is a great way of taking a step back to reflect upon the importance of these values, and for the need for them to be championed throughout the wider care sector.”