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Photo gallery: Norwich care home supports Dignity Day

PUBLISHED: 13:30 01 March 2011

Wishing Tree at The Warren care home, Sprowston. Residents (from left) are Beryl Bunn (87), Ivy Day (95) and Peggy Riches (86) with staff (from left) Chris Daniels, Joy Mitchell, Sarah Baker and Julie Bayes.
Photo: Andy Darnell

Wishing Tree at The Warren care home, Sprowston. Residents (from left) are Beryl Bunn (87), Ivy Day (95) and Peggy Riches (86) with staff (from left) Chris Daniels, Joy Mitchell, Sarah Baker and Julie Bayes. Photo: Andy Darnell

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A care home near Norwich has held an event to promote dignity and respect for older people as part of a national day of action.

"I vowed to make a difference to older people in care."

Hilary Taylor

The Warren care home in Sprowston, held an open day in support of Dignity Action Day which aims to ensure that individuals, are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily activities and are provided with stimulating activities.

The event, which was held on Friday at the Wroxham Road-based home, was supported by Norwich North MP Chloe Smith and former Norwich City footballer Darren Huckerby.

People at the care home were able to take part in a variety of activities throughout the day promoting dignity and respect for older people including craft sessions, cooking taster sessions, exercise to music, one to one pamper sessions and musical entertainment, including singing, accordion and piano playing.

Residents were also given the chance to make and display their wishes on The Warren Wishing Tree which was put up in the lounge while in the dining room there was a guess the staff member from baby photos exercise.

For those that were unable to come out of their bedrooms, staff showed photographs of their memorable times to help generate discussion about their past.

Hilary Taylor, general manager, said the event gave staff an opportunity to “celebrate the amazing older people” who live in the home.

She said: “An older person once said to me that he has no value now he is old. “That struck a chord in my heart and from then I vowed to make a difference to older people in care.

“We aimed to show visitors that our older residents are valuable citizens who have led interesting lives and are still valuable members of society.

“The day focused on promoting the dignity of those in the care of The Warren home to remind everyone that older people have a right to be treated with dignity and respect.”

Dignity Action Day is a national initiative led by the Dignity in Care Campaign and it’s key partners to bring staff and members of the public together to make a difference to those in care.

Sir Michael Parkinson, who supports the campaign, said: “It might well be that the difference people make individually is a mere ripple on the surface of our care system, but each of those ripples added together create a wave, a social movement and if that makes life better for some – then it has to be worthwhile. Dignity in care must be everybody’s business, I hope people will do whatever is in their power to make a difference.”

Dignity Action Day aims to ensure people in care are treated as individuals, are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily activities and are provided with stimulating activities.

To find out more about the event click on the link at the top of the page.

Have you got a story for local life? Call Donna-Louise Bishop on 01603 772438 or email donna-louise.bishop@archant.co.uk

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