Release Date: 20/06/2012
In support of Action against Elder Abuse, Richmond Council is launching the Stand up for Dignity in Care Award, to recognise the valuable role care workers play locally.
Nominations are now open for the award, which aims to promote the importance of Dignity in Care for both care workers and those they care for. Residents are being encouraged to nominate a care worker who they feel is a Dignity in Care Champion - a person who provides personalised, thoughtful and respectful care, and goes beyond the call of duty to uphold dignity in their day to day work.
Cllr Nicola Urquhart, Cabinet Member for Adults Services, Health & Housing said,
“Dignity and respect is a two way thing, in some cases care workers feel undervalued and this is something that needs to change. Becoming a care worker requires a certain type of person - one that is dedicated to improving the life of another person and in some cases with very little reciprocation.
“This Stand up for Dignity in Care Award is a fantastic way for us to recognise the dedication and professionalism of care workers who are champions in providing an excellent level of care and take real pride in their role: those who treat the people they care for with the respect they deserve and vice versa.
“At some point in our lives most of us will be in contact with a care worker, whether in our work, as a resident who needs care, or a relative or friend. Care work can be difficult, often requiring patience and it can be isolating as many care workers work alone, however it can also be very fulfilling.
“I urge local residents who work in or use care services, health and social care professionals, voluntary organisations and others to help us to Stand up for Dignity in Care by nominating a care worker you feel shows an excellent level of respect and dignity to the people they support.”
To nominate a carer, please fill out the form available at Stand up for Dignity in Care Awards 2012 and send it to email@example.com. For more information about the program, carers in general and to read about the National Campaign visit the Social Care Institute for Excellence website at www.scie.org.uk.