LINKs CONFERENCE 22/02/08 Dignity. Martin Wilson. What is Dignity?. Dignity consists of many overlapping aspects, involving respect, privacy, autonomy and self-worth. A standard dictionary definition
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What is Dignity?
Dignity consists of many overlapping aspects, involving respect, privacy, autonomy and self-worth.
A standard dictionary definition
Dignity - A state, quality or manner worthy of esteem or respect; and (by extension) self- respect.
The dignity challenge is a clear statement of what people can expect from a service that respects dignity. It is backed up by a series of dignity tests that can be used by providers, commissioners and people who use services to see how their local services are performing
Ivan Lewis MP
Minister for Care Services, Department of Health
“Our challenge is to put dignity at the heart of care services”
Health and social care working in partnership with a range of organisations who represent and work with older people and those who care for them
improved health and emotional well being,
improved quality of life,
making a positive contribution,
increased choice and control,
freedom from discrimination and harassment,
maintaining personal dignity and respect
There is evidence that in organisations there are various factors that highlight the absence of dignity in care. These include:
High quality services that respect people’s dignity should:
4 Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control
5.Listen and support people to express their needs and wants
6.Respect people’s right to privacy
7.Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution
9Assist people to maintain confidence and a positive self esteem
10.Act to alleviate people’s loneliness and isolation
By this we mean
Become a Dignity Champion today call 0207 972 4007or sign up at www.dignityincare.org.uk
Improve local services with the Dignity in Care Practice Guide at