Monday, 1 February 2010

Dignity in Care - do you get or give it?

Dignity in all health and social care settings is an area that matters to me and many others. It can make a huge difference in how you perceive the care.

I am delighted to see that the Department of Health is also aware of this and are having a Dignity Action Day on 25th February.

Full details at

Elaine Hanzak


Little Lotus said...

I am a student nurse, Dignity is one of the first areas we are taught about in university and as far as I have seen the nurses and health visitors I work with have been marvelous in this area.
I am also happy that the Department of Health is having a dedicated day.
Love the blog and your webpage, hoping on training as a health visitor after my initial training keep up the good work,


Graham Brindley said...

Hi Elaine,

I agree with your comments and fully support Dignity Action Day as does the team at Caring with Confidence.

We also believe that this consideration needs to be extended to those that have a caring role. We are urging to treat carers, as well as those in care, with dignity not just for one day, yesterday’s Dignity Day, but continuously.

Many carers are providing 24/7 care for partners, friends or relatives. They are often the ones who have direct contact with the health and social care professionals looking after their loved one.

They should have the same level of consideration from health and social care professionals as the person they care for and in turn, they should reciprocate this with the professional. It’s important that the relationship between professionals, the person receiving care and the carer is a good one for the benefit of all involved.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

Please have a look ( for further information.

Graham Brindley
Project Director Caring with Confidence

Elaine said...

I agree completely with you Graham. When I was so ill in a way my illness protected me from 'reality' and I was oblivious to the torment and stress my loved ones were facing around me. As a teacher for children with severe and profound learning difficulties for 20 years I have also been involved with the families of my pupils. Carers are the unsung heroes in many cases; their lives are put on hold and their aspirations put to one side. The more support the supporters receive, the better for all involved.
I have looked at your website and now listed it on my favourites on my blog.