DIGNITY and respect in elderly and vulnerable care was highlighted by North Yorkshire County Council’s social care staff as part of a national campaign.

At a time when the delivery of social care is facing significant funding and staffing pressures, North Yorkshire’s care and support staff created a series of events to highlight the importance of upholding people’s rights to dignity in the care they receive.

Staff, family and friends at Greyfriars Extra Care in Richmond, for example, came together to celebrate Dignity Day with a tea party, making special cakes and sandwiches for residents.

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Dignity Day is an annual opportunity for health and social care workers, families and members of the public to mark the campaign for people who use care services to be treated as individuals with choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.