Mayor of Trafford pops in for Digni-Tea Party with care home residents

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High tea and cakes were the order of the day at an Urmston care home as it hosted a tea party as part of a national initiative which aims to enrich the experience of those who use care services.

The Mayor of Trafford, Councillor Jonathan Coupe, joined residents and guests of Manorhey Care Centre at their ‘Digni-Tea’ party, a social event held at the home to promote discussion and awareness of the importance of dignity to those living in care.

A lounge and bar area at the home, which provides nursing, residential and dementia care, was transformed into a vintage tea room for the event, complete with bunting, floral displays and afternoon tea served on vintage china tea sets and cake stands.

The party was held in honour of Dignity in Action Day on Monday 1st February, an annual health and social care initiative aimed at raising awareness of the importance of dignity in care and to provide a truly memorable day for those who use care services.

Staff members from each department of the home volunteered to act as Dignity Champions, individuals who work to continuously improve standards of care and the experience of people who use care services. During the coffee morning residents presented these staff members with badges and certificates from the National Dignity Council as recognition of their commitment to care.

The Dignity in Care campaign is led by the National Dignity Council and was created to encourage people from all walks of life to get involved in ensuring that people have a good experience of care when they need it.

Residents were also invited to contribute their own personal definition of dignity and how they would wish to be treated by writing these onto paper baubles which were hung from a new ‘Dignity Tree’ display in the home.

Home Manager of Manorhey Najma Parveen, Said: “Events like Dignity in Action Day are so essential because they help to raise awareness of the importance of dignity in a care setting and show that care service users can and should be enabled to maintain their freedom of choice, dignity and individualism.”

“We all thoroughly enjoyed our Digni-Tea morning. Residents loved meeting and chatting to the Mayor.”

Dignity Action Day is ran by the Dignity in Care Campaign. Anybody wishing to find out more about the campaign can visit www.dignityincare.org.uk

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