The home, based at Castle House on Sodbury Road, opened its doors to celebrate the annual Dignity in Care event, as an opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to treat all residents and staff with dignity.
Residents enjoyed a ‘Digni-tea’ party in the company of their friends and family, and were invited to write out leaves for the home’s ‘Dignity Tree’, on display in the main dining room. The leaves included what dignity means to them personally, and ways they pledge to treat others with dignity.
Answers to the question ‘What does dignity mean to you?’ written by residents on the leaves included: “Being able to choose my own bed time,” “Treating people like an adult, and not a child,” and “If I don’t want to do something, I don’t have to.”
Dignity Action Day is part of the Dignity in Care campaign, which aims to initiate a culture change within the care sector to improve the quality and experience of those that use its services.
Sharon Daley, Peripatetic Manager at Wickwar, said: “The well-being of our residents is our number one priority, and we are committed to treating our residents with the dignity they deserve.
“We were very keen to have an event for Dignity Action Day, as myself and a number of the staff here have signed up to be Dignity Champions, and it was very important to us all to get all carers and staff involved to help us promote dignity within the home.
“We are delighted with the way everyone in the home prioritises dignity when they interact with residents, and the event has helped us to share this with friends and family, as well as the residents.”
Wickwar Care Home forms part of Larchwood Care and is managed by Healthcare Management Solutions. The service provides residential care for up to 45 older people.