As we become older it becomes more difficult to preserve our dignity, particularly if we need help with intimate every-day tasks like washing and dressing. This is a fundamental part of Supreme Home Care’s staff training programme and to highlight this important issue, Supreme Home Care recently hosted a ‘Digni-tea-Party’, Clients were invited to join the Company at their offices for a cup of tea and a natter and staff were asked to sign up to further training to become ‘Dignity Champions’.
At the party, Supreme Home Care’s clients were asked what dignity meant to them, ‘It’s simply things like being asked what we want to be called and carers taking the time to find out what we like, not just assuming’, said Anna Pitman, a long-standing Supreme Home Care client. Client’s views and comments were collected on a ‘Dignity tree’. Julie Price, the Company’s Trainer explained, ‘Dignity is a subject which has been brought to the fore by national scandals such as Stafford Hospital and Winterbourne View. We want to make sure nothing like that happens to our clients and we will be using their thoughts and views as part of our staff training programme.’
Jacky Earnshaw the Director of Care from Supreme Home Care said ‘Maintaining our client’s dignity has always been a fundamental principle for our service. We always treat our clients as individuals, taking time to find out about them, their family and their lifetime of achievements. We believe that clients should all be treated with respect and their dignity should be preserved. We are offering additional staff training and time to think about the dignity of their clients and how they care become excellent practitioners in this area.’
The Digni-tea party raised over £100 from a raffle and cake sale which will be used to provide events and treats for the Company’s clients. All of the staff who visited the offices signed up for additional training to become ‘Dignity Champions’.