Dignity in Care
Dignity in Care is a national campaign that aims to create a care system where there is zero tolerance of abuse and disrespect of older people.
It is led by the Department of Health in partnership with many organisations that purchase or deliver care to older people to protect the interests of those using care services and their carers. Sir Michael Parkinson is the Ambassador.
The national campaign aims to:
- Win ‘hearts and minds’
- Change the culture of care services
- Place a greater emphasis on improving the quality of care and the experience of people using services
These services include:
- NHS hospitals
- Community health services
- Care homes
- Home support services
Richmond upon Thames Council are in partnership with Richmond and Twickenham Primary Care Trust in the local campaign. The aim of the local campaign is to raise awareness of zero tolerance of abuse amongst all care providers and encourage older people to speak up when things aren’t right.
We have set up a phone number and email address that older people, carers and care providers can call should they have any concerns relating to a care service or person providing care. We have produced postcards(pdf, 433KB) and posters(pdf, 411KB) to raise awareness and promote dignity in care.
The dignity challenge
High quality services that respect people’s dignity should:
- Have a zero tolerance of all forms of abuse.
- Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family.
- Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service.
- Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control.
- Listen and support people to express their needs and wants.
- Respect people’s right to privacy.
- Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution.
- Engage with family members and carers as care partners.
- Assist people to maintain confidence and a positive self esteem.
- Act to alleviate people’s loneliness and isolation.
For more information, visit the Dignity Campaign website.
Issues regarding care service
If you have any concerns or issues regarding a care service please contact us.
Telephone: 020 8831 6446