The South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services to the people of Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield, is urging people to make a real difference to the lives of older and disabled people, as the first national Dignity Action Day is held today.
Simply treating people with dignity can make a huge difference to the lives of the thousands of people in England who currently receive care and support. Dignity means receiving personalised care, being treated with respect and being recognised as an individual.
Dignity Action Day celebrates good work around dignity in care and asks everybody – members of the public as well as health and social care staff – to ensure that everyone who receives care is treated with dignity.
There are already more than 14,000 Dignity Champions who are committed to making dignity in care a reality for all. Across the country, care staff and members of the public have organised events such as coffee mornings, entertainment evenings and arts and crafts days for those who receive care, either in residential settings or in the community.
And it’s not too late for the public to get involved – action on dignity is an ongoing movement, and people can help make a difference by becoming one of thousands of Dignity Champions – people from across the health and care services, as well as members of the public, who are committed to making dignity in care a reality for all.
Care services minister Phil Hope said, "Dignity must be at the heart of care. To achieve this we are transforming the care and support system to make it fairer, simpler and more affordable for everyone.
"The ageing population means more of us will need care and support at some point. We’re asking the public to give a bit of time to make a big difference to the lives of those receiving care by becoming a Dignity Champion."
The Trust’s chief executive Steven Michael said, "Dignity Action Day promotes dignity in care by encouraging people to treat someone with the consideration they deserve. The simplest form of dignity doesn’t cost a penny, but by taking time to get to know someone and speaking to them with respect will make a real difference to their life."
The Trust is taking part in Dignity Action Day by holding special events and by promoting the day to staff, people who use Trust services and their carers.