Dignity in Care

The 1st February marks the start of a month to highlight and promote the role of Dignity in Care and Dignity Champions.

Dignity in Care

Treating people with Dignity & Respect is one of Gardiner’s key values.  We find that it helps to define who we are,  what we believe and the way we treat people.  This key value is linked to behaviours that help our team to deliver exceptional care and support.  We expect all staff to share these values and work to them.

Which behaviours demonstrate Dignity in Care?

  • Accepting and respecting people’s individuality
  • Protecting and respecting people’s confidential information
  • Taking time to listen
  • Respecting people’s right to make their own decisions and choices
  • Communicating in an open and straightforward way using appropriate language
  • Allowing people to maintain their dignity, especially during personal care

A Poem – Going The Extra Mile – Written by Mark Coley – 13.1.2021

Lots of people go to work, and do their very best,
But there are individuals, Who stand out from the rest,
They go above and beyond, They don’t complain,
But give a cheery smile,
When they have done all they can,
They go the extra mile.

Going the extra mile,
Going the extra mile,
For dignity and respect,
Going the extra mile.
Carers, nurses, keyworkers And volunteers too,
Not working because they have to,
But because it’s the right thing to do,
Always showing Dignity and Respect, With a caring hand, and a smile,
When they have worked, As hard as they can,
They then go the extra mile.

Going the extra mile,
Going the extra mile,
For dignity and respect,
Going the extra mile.
Tutors and teachers,
Professionals of all kinds,
Demonstrating Dignity,
To individuals that they find,
Treating others as you would yourself,
Is something that makes me smile,
When they’ve reached the end of the road,
They don’t stop, They carry on to go the extra mile.

Going the extra mile,
Going the extra mile,
For dignity and respect,
Going the extra mile. We need to spread the word, Everywhere we go,
We are all equal, So it’s time to treat them so,
When you feel like you’re dying inside and its hard to carry on
a champion will be there a with smile,
sharing a selfless caring act,
Just simply, going the extra mile.
Going the extra mile,

Going the extra mile,
For Dignity and respect,
Going the extra mile,
For Dignity and Respect,
Going the extra mile.

What is a Dignity Champion?

Do you believe that being treated with dignity is a basic human right, not an optional extra?  If so, sign up to be a Dignity Champion and make the following promise:

Dignity in care 10 point promise

  • Show 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 positive self-esteem
  • Act to alleviate people’s loneliness and isolation
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John-Joe

My grandparents Dorothy & Ivan (Gus) Gardiner established Gardiner’s in 1968. Dorothy & Gus were very inclusive and ran Gardiner’s as a family business – my mother, uncle & aunt have all been involved with managing the business. Read More