Dignity In Action Day 2012

1st February 2012

Up, up and away! Templeman House residents, friends, family and staff celebrating Dignity in Action day last year with with the release of 75 balloons.

Care South’s Templeman House resident Elsie Agent with her limousine and chauffeur.

Templeman House residents and their carers on their way to the polling station.

Dignity Action Day, which took place this week, gives care homes the opportunity to create some different and imaginative activities and provide a truly memorable day for their residents.

The occasion is part of the Dignity in Care Campaign, launched in November 2006, which aims to put dignity and respect at the heart of care services.

Templeman House residential care home in Bournemouth is still enjoying the momentum from its successful Dignity Action Day event last year. The home organised a balloon release, each balloon carrying a wish from the home’s residents which Templeman House undertook to fulfil over the coming months with the help of local businesses and the community.

The first wish to be granted was that of Elsie Agent, 89, who wanted to be treated like a Queen for a day. Wearing a tiara, Elsie graciously acknowledged the bows and curtsies of staff and residents. After a glass of Buck’s Fizz and a presentation of flowers she was escorted to her limousine provided and chauffeured by Neil Scott and taken on a trip around Bournemouth, Sandbanks and Poole.

Elsie was overjoyed at the experience, and said: “I can’t believe it happened! It was so special and I would like to thank everyone so much!” Home Manager Deanna Barnes said: “Dignity Action Day asks everybody to give the gift of time. We can all make a difference!

Many other wishes fulfilled during the year have included an 85 year old lady who wanted to go swimming again, a former pilot who wanted to experience the Bournemouth Air Festival, and a picnic in the park with the grandchildren enjoying ball games, rides, and ice creams.

Deanna Barnes says: “We are a real home from home, and we like to arrange activities that will provide fun and good memories for our residents”.

Deanna also arranged for some of her residents to exercise their right to vote at the local elections, and turned the short journey to the polling station into an enjoyable outing.

Templeman House, set in a quiet residential cul-de-sac in north Bournemouth, is one of 16 care homes in Dorset operated by Care South, a leading provider of residential, nursing, and home care in the south of England. The home cares for elderly people and those living with dementia, and provides a safe and caring environment where residents can live their lives as if in the comfort of their own home.