Sylvie Craig-Swainson, Activity Organiser, prepares to plant the rose marking Dignity Action Day
Resident Betty Shipton, 92, together with her family, other residents and Colten Care staff

Resident Betty Shipton, 92, together with her family, other residents and Colten Care staff watches as Sylvie Craig-Swainson, Canford Chase Activity Organiser, prepares to plant a rose in part tribute to her son, Barry

Residents and staff at a Poole care home celebrated Dignity Action Day by planting a commemorative rose.

Colten Care’s Canford Chase in Branksome Park joined hundreds of homes across the UK to mark the special day.

Held annually, Dignity Action Day is an opportunity for health, social care workers and members of the public to uphold people’s rights to dignity.

It aims to ensure people who use care services are treated as individuals and given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.

Sylvie Craig-Swainson, Canford Chase’s Activity Organiser, said the residential and nursing care home always made a particular point of marking the day.

“Last year we let off balloons with messages tied to them but this year we thought a rose climber which will give lasting pleasure to our residents would be a good idea,” Sylvie said.

She added: “The rose chosen is called Dublin Bay and will provide beautiful red blooms in the summer. It should grow into a beautiful plant.”

The rose was also planted in tribute to Barry Shipton, the son of resident Betty Shipton, 92, who passed away over Christmas.

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