Calderdale Council is backing national Dignity Action Day on February 1, to encourage local people to help make a difference to those in care.
It’s a national initiative led by the Dignity in Care Campaign. It aims to raise awareness of dignity in care – ensuring that people in care are respected, treated as individuals and given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily activities, something that is important to us all at some point in our lives.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet member for adults, health and social care, Coun Bob Metcalfe, said: “Many of us know someone who is in care, whether it’s a family member, friend or neighbour. Dignity Action Day raises awareness of the part that we can all play in their wellbeing. It’s a reminder that the dignity of our communities isn’t only the responsibility of health and social care staff.
“As well as activities that will be happening at care homes, hospitals and day centres in Calderdale, we’re asking you to give your elderly or vulnerable relatives and friends an extra special day. This might be something as simple as taking the time to visit them for a chat, doing a few household chores for them or arranging an activity that they’ll enjoy.
“Even if you can only spare an hour, you can do something that they will always remember, and help make a huge difference to their lives. And this is something you can do all year round.”
The council works with Calderdale Advocacy Service (www.rethink.org) to promote dignity in care in the borough. This includes encouraging local people to become dignity in care champions – role models who listen to people’s views and speak up about respect in care, to help improve services.
And to mark Dignity Action Day in Calderdale, dignity champions will be in Halifax town centre and Todmorden on tomorrow to promote dignity in care to people by asking them to make a special effort to visit their elderly and vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours.
To find out more, visit www.dignityincare.org.uk, where you will also find information about dignity in care and how to sign up to become a dignity champion. You can also contact Calderdale Advocacy Service on 01422 323809 or email the Dignity in Care Network at firstname.lastname@example.org for details of local events.