Dignity champions set off on roadtrip to visit every nursing home in Shropshire & Telford and Wrekin

Tomorrow specialists representing local doctors  are setting  off on a roadtrip that will take-in every nursing home in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.

Their journey will take in 49 different homes where residents, predominantly elderly, live and receive an element of specialist nursing care.

The trip has been organised to mark national Dignity Action Day. It will involve the Safeguarding Teams from the Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

Christine Morris, Telford and Wrekin CCG’s Executive Nurse said:

We will be meeting as many staff, residents and relatives as possible. We will be talking to them about the importance of always treating people with dignity and suggesting ways they can make sure this happens.

Dignity covers all aspects of daily life, including respect, privacy, and self-worth. It is a very personal thing. It can be difficult to define, but what is clear is that people know when they have not been treated with dignity and respect.

The basic principals are treating vulnerable people receiving care with the same level of respect you would want yourself, which means treating them as individuals with their own specific needs, likes and dislikes.

They need to feel they can complain if they are unhappy, and that their views will be taken notice of. People should never feel that they are an inconvenience or that they don’t have control over their lives.

Dignity Action Day is co-ordinated by the Dignity in Care Network. They have recruited a network of Dignity Champions who pledge to uphold the principals of treating people in their care with dignity, encourage awareness in colleagues and be able to whistleblow if they have concerns. They also have access to a range of promotional material.

Christine said: “We aim to sign-up at least 100 Dignity Champions during the roadtrip, which equates to two per home.”

Three teams of safeguarding specialists will be visiting 49 nursing homes on Friday January 31 and Thursday February 6. There are 13 homes in Telford and Wrekin and 36 in Shropshire.