Roadtrip to Telford and Wrekin nursing homes sets out to put the Dig and the Knit back into dignity

A roadtrip around Telford and Wrekin’s nursing homes next week will call on green-fingered and crafty residents to 'put the Dig and Knit' back into dignity.

Members of the Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Safeguarding and Quality teams will accompany colleagues from Shropshire Community Health Trust to visit all 53 of the area’s nursing, residential and learning disability homes, for 2015’s Dignity Action Day, taking place this year on February 2 and 3.

Christine Morris, Executive Nurse team at the CCG, said: “We wanted to do something creative this year with Dignity Action Day, and while nationally the Dignity in Care campaign will be putting on Digni-Tea mornings across the country, we wanted to place the emphasis on something that allowed our residents to use their skills and get involved.

“So, this year we will be taking a packet of sunflower seeds to each of the homes to plant, and we are going to ask the staff and residents there to record the heights and send us photos of the resulting blooms as they come to flower,” she said. “At the same time, we have also asked all of the homes to knit a 15cm by 15cm square, which we will be collecting on the day and sewing together to produce a Telford and Wrekin Dignity Blanket.

“We wanted to give that finished blanket to someone who is less fortunate than us and so we will be donating it to the Telford Community Store.”

Mrs Morris added: “As part of Dignity Action Day, we are encouraging members of the public to take on roles as Dignity Champions in the area.

“The nature of the role of a champion can differ depending on their knowledge and influence and the type of work they are involved in, but essentially it is about making a commitment to get involved as a volunteer in some capacity and help staff at these homes by taking on some of the work they might not always have enough time for, including taking part in befriending schemes or simply calling in on a housebound neighbour for a regular chat.”

As part of the roadtrip, the team will be handing a commendation to the home that has signed up the highest percentage of new dignity champions in the last year.

If you are interested in becoming a Dignity Champion you can sign up using the following link to the National Dignity Council http://www.dignityincare.org.uk/useraccount/register/?userGroup=isDignityChampion.