The Orders of St John Care Trust, one of Oxfordshire’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 Oxfordshire:
Chilterns End in Henley holding a Pamper Morning for residents, along with a Digni-Tea party in the afternoon.
Old Station House in Abingdon running a coffee morning complete with scones and refreshments, along with welcoming a local flute player later in the day.
Henry Cornish Care Centre in Chipping Norton hosting a ‘Question Time’ session with students from Holy Trinity School where the children will ask residents a range of questions.
Madley Park in Witney hosting an afternoon performance by ‘The Minstrel’, along with a Digni-Tea party at 2:30pm.
Glebe House in Kidlington, Isis House in Iffley, Langford View in Bicester, Larkrise Care Centre in Banbury, Meadowcroft in Thame, and Longlands in the city centre all hosting coffee mornings / Digni-Tea parties for residents, their families and the local community, in addition to creating Digni-Trees.
The Meadows in Didcot putting on a coffee morning, followed by an afternoon of games and a dignity quiz.
Marston Court in Oxford city centre holding a coffee morning and sing-a-long.
Westgate House in Wallingford running an array of activities throughout the day including a raffle, ‘Name The Teddy’ competition, Digni-Tea party and live entertainment.
Additionally, Spencer Court in Woodstock will take residents to Yarnton Garden on 1st February and to a St Hildas music concert on 2nd February, in addition to hosting a Pamper Day on February 4th.
Finally, Stirlings in Wantage will put on a week of activities including a Digni-Tea party, themed fresh flowers and cakes, arts & crafts, tai chi classes, a Pamper Day and a Coffee Afternoon complete with a sing-a-long and life histories session.
Patsy Just, Oxfordshire 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.”