TO mark Dignity Action Day last Saturday I held an event at Bebington Civic Centre so I could talk to my constituents about the importance of dignity in care.
It is crucial that everybody being cared for is treated as an individual and that their personal needs are attended to with dignity. This is a message not only for those needing care but for everybody in our community.
Whilst looking after others can be both mentally and physically demanding as well as very rewarding, dignity is a simple thing which we can all give to people – whether they are vulnerable or not.
Research shows that people with dementia can sometimes avoid getting involved with local life. This is an upsetting statistic and one that shows why dignity is a crucial part of caring and also of our society.
Early diagnosis of dementia is important as it allows the patients and those around them to be able to know what steps to take to improve the quality of life of the patient going forward and what support they can access.
Currently only 46 per cent of people living with dementia in the UK receive a diagnosis.
Anyone can help give dignity to people with dementia by becoming a Dementia Friend or a Dementia Friends Champion. Or if you simply want to find out more about what Dementia Friends do, visit the website www.dementiafriends.org.uk