The Orders of St John Care Trust, one of Gloucestershire’s leading care home providers, will celebrate this year’s Dignity Action Day by hosting a range of events designed to provide a truly memorable day for residents and their families, care staff and communities throughout the county.

Taking place on Monday 1st February, 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.


By supporting Dignity Action Day, OSJCT hopes to raise awareness about the importance of Dignity in Care, while demonstrating that everyone in the community has a role to play in upholding the virtue and reminding us all that older people and care staff have a right to be treated with dignity and respect. The Trust also hopes to provide residents with an extra special day that includes offering local communities the chance to come along and meet everyone living and working in its care homes.


As part of the day, the following events will take place at OSJCT care homes across Gloucestershire:


Orchard House in Bishops Cleeve holding a Coffee & Cake Morning and presentation about dignity in the AM, followed by afternoon bingo later in the day.


Bohanam House in Barnwood will be treating residents to a range of beauty treatments.


Paternoster House in Cirencester hosting a Dignity Action Beauty Day, in addition to offering residents, families, visitors and colleagues an opportunity to write what dignity means to them on a paper butterfly that will then be attached to the home’s ‘Digni-tree’.


Jubilee Lodge in Bourton-on-the-Water also offering residents, families, visitors and colleagues to contribute to the home’s ‘Digni-tree’, in addition to creating a dignity display with poems, posters and printouts.


Townsend House in Headington, The Coombes in Coleford, Millbrook Lodge in Brockworth, Grevill House in Cheltenham and Trevone House in the city centre all holding Digni-Tea parties for residents, their families and the local community.


Chris Poole, Acting Gloucestershire Assistant Operations Director, commented: “Dignity Action Day is a significant event on the care industry calendar because it focuses on the importance of upholding people's rights to dignity and autonomy, especially older and vulnerable members of our society.


“As a Trust, we strive to treat our residents with dignity and respect, and, across every one of our care homes, our managers, carers and volunteers go the extra mile to do just that. Ensuring each and every resident is treated as an individual is key to us providing a high level of care, along with the choice, control and sense of purpose each resident deserves.”