Caring with dignity

Dignity Action Day aims to ensure people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.

DAD2014 took place last month and was a resounding success.

The day forms part of the Dignity Council’s ongoing Dignity in Care campaign, and gives people the opportunity to contribute to upholding people’s rights to dignity, by galvanising the support of many across the country. The theme for this year was “Have you got time for Digni-tea?”. Health and social care professionals were encouraged to support the day by showcasing the ways in which they promote dignity in their place of work. Dignity Champions, a group of 49,000 individuals and organisations of which Comfort Keepers is a part of, showed their support by organising activities and events – having a cup of tea and a chat with friends, with family, and with the wider community.

Resource packs were provided to help plan activities and fundraising and the Dignity Council encouraged people to use its Facebook page to hold discussions on issues of dignity and their concerns. A Dignity Day pledge map was set up for people to upload their events to and a Dignity memory book gave people the opportunity to share their memories of the day with others, through photos.

Dame Joan Bakewell, Dignity in Care Ambassador said:

“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.”

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Find out more about the Dignity in Care campaign here.