The Orders of St John Care Trust, one of Wiltshire’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 Wiltshire, including:
Ashwood Care Centre in Warminster hosting a ‘clothes show’ and darts tournament in the afternoon, with a Cheese & Wine Evening with Brittania Shoes and Jewellery later in the day.
Brookside in Melksham welcoming Mayor and Councillor Terri Welch to plant a magnolia tree at 10:30am. Later in the day, the home will host live entertainment, a poetry reading, and a tea & cake party, in addition to inviting residents to contribute to the home’s Digni-Tree.
Athelstan House in Malmesbury hosting a Pamper Morning.
Bemerton Lodge in Salisbury also hosting a Pamper Morning, in addition to an afternoon film with tea & cake.
Buckland Court in Salisbury holding an open discussion about dignity with residents, staff and visitors.
Hayward Care Centre in Devizes hosting a Tea Dance, Tea Tasting and High Tea.
Ridgeway House in Royal Wootton Bassett baking with residents and running a small cake sale.
Watersmead in Westbury encouraging residents to contribute to the home’s Digni-Tree, in addition to making cakes for an afternoon tea party / discussion about dignity.
Fives Court in Warminster, St Wilfrid’s Priory in Arundel and Marden Court in Calne all encouraging residents, families, visitors and colleagues to write what dignity means to them on a paper butterfly that will then be attached to each home’s Digni-Tree, in addition to Marden Court also hosting a coffee morning.
Seymour House in Chippenham hosting a Digni-Tea party from 2-4pm.
Hungerford House in Corsham supporting residents in making cakes ready for a morning Digni-Tea party and chat, set to take place on 2nd February.
Additionally, Stratford Court in Salisbury will celebrate Dignity Action Day on Tuesday 2nd February by encouraging residents to contribute to the home’s Digni-Tree, in addition to also hosting a Digni-Tea party.
Robin Khokhar, Wiltshire 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.”