Dignity Code: The care of older people

You may not be aware that February 1 is Dignity Action Day.

In February 2012 the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) launched its ‘Dignity Code’ with the support of the Care Minster, Opposition and a host of health professionals and organisations such as the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Since then over 40 local authorities have adopted the Code along with a number of care providers.

The National Pensioners Convention believes that dignity in the care of older people is critical if we are to raise the standards of services and give individuals and their families much needed confidence in the care system.

Being treated with dignity in every aspect of our daily life is part of our human rights and is specified in Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998.

Scarborough Older People’s Forum has found that according to the latest Care Quality Commission report dignity was recognised and supported throughout Scarborough Hospital especially on the elderly care wards. The code is implemented by North Yorkshire County Council who have a Dignity Charter listed on their website and Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society and care homes say the code is part of their training programme.

We must all make sure that all official bodies are aware of and adhering to the Dignity Code.

Audrey Cooke,


On behalf of the Committee of Scarborough Older People’s Forum