Dignity: the state or quality of being worthy of honour or respect.
Whatever age you are and whatever state of health you are in, dignity remains an important value.
And The Poplars in Market Rasen was just one of the Order of St John Care Trust homes across the county marking Dignity Action Day, which recognises the right of everyone to be treated as an individual.
Residents and staff at the Chapman Street site created a Dignity Tree, when everyone was encouraged to make handwritten leaves explaining what the word ’dignity’ means to them.
“Self respect”, “maintaining my privacy”, “keeping my independence as long as possible”, and “respecting other people and treating them how you would like to be treated” were just some of the thoughts.
The day was also spent sharing memories and looking at pictures of past events to stimulate conversation.
Pictured above is activities co-ordinator Sheila Pickering, who led the event, with residents Margot Green, Dennis Cotton, Molly Sykes and Dorothy Geeson.
“Treating our residents with dignity and respect is an important part of the Trust’s key values,” said Caroline Dunagan, Lincolnshire Assistant Operations Director. “Our employees and volunteers work hard all year round to ensure the highest quality of care is given by getting to know each resident on a personal level, treating them as an individual with their own choices, and giving them a sense of purpose in their daily lives.”