Yorkshire and Humber Region - Dignity Tour
On 21 July 2008, the Care Services Minister, Ivan Lewis MP and the Dignity Ambassador, Sir Michael Parkinson, visited Rock House Residential Home in Tick Hill, Doncaster for the third regional Dignity Tour event.
Rock House is a privately owned home, registered to care for 41 older people with dementia. It is situated in its own extensive grounds, within easy reach of Tickhill, Bawtry and Doncaster Town Centre. They were shown arounf the care home by the Matron and manager Lynne Stanfield and Joan Beck, the Director of Social Services in Doncaster.
Since becoming manager of Rock House, Lynne has introduced new care plans for residents, intensive induction and training programmes for all staff and a comprehensive quality assurance system culminating in a three star rating for Rock House.
Earlier that day Ivan Lewis MP and Sir Michael Parkinson visited a Bethel Road Extra Care scheme in Barnsley where they presented the scheme with a cheque worth £3.8 million.
Dignity Ambassador Sir Michael Parkinson said:
"I am delighted to be in Yorkshire today as part of the National Dignity in Care tour."
"What really inspires me about this campaign is that we can all contribute to make it a success. Most of us will at some point be in contact with care services - be that in our work, or as a service user, a carer or a relative or friend. I would encourage everyone to help drive up care standards, whether that be by reporting poor care if we see it, or if we witness someone going that extra mile we should take the time to show our appreciation.
"Dignity is about being treated as an individual with respect and compassion. I intend to use my role to help make a real difference and work to ensure that everyone who comes into contact with the NHS and care services gets high quality, dignified and compassionate care."