Nurses and carers at Care UK’s Mill Lodge nursing home are celebrating national Dignity in Action Day on Wednesday 1st February by signing up to become official dignity champions, while residents celebrate the day with a purple-themed party.
Created by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, dignity champions believe passionately that being treated with dignity is a basic human right, not an optional extra. They believe that care services must be compassionate and person-centred, as well as efficient, and are willing to try to do something to achieve this.
Manager Jean Cadman said: “Everyone at Mill Lodge already holds these values and every day we put them into action. Dignity is more than just privacy – we want to help our residents stay as independent as possible. And for those who are unable to communicate their wishes, we want to ensure that everything is done to find out what those wishes would be and ensure they are respected.”
Becoming champions are:
- Maxine Chung – activities co-ordinator
- Georgina Whitehead – night carer
- Diane Chamley – carer
- Deborah Priestley – carer
As champions, the team will pledge to:
Act as good role models by treating other people with respect, particularly those who are less able to speak for themselves;
Speak up about dignity to improve the way that services are organised and delivered;
Influence and inform colleagues;
Listen to and understand everyone’s views and experiences.
To further celebrate the campaign, everyone in the home will be wearing a purple buttonhole – flowers for the ladies or ribbon ties for the men. In the afternoon there will be a special themed tea party with purple decorated cakes, and the lounge, where all these activities are taking place, will be decorated with balloons and bunting.
Mill Lodge is one of one of 25 former Southern Cross care homes that have transferred to Care UK. The company is one of the top five providers of residential care and one of the leading independent provider for health and social care in the UK.
Nationally, the company’s residential care services division now operates 85 residential care homes and has a reputation for excellence, winning several prestigious national awards in 2011 for ground breaking dementia care, the promotion of residents’ dignity and for health and social care investment.