Elder Care Campaigner Amanda Waring applauds Dignity Code Initiative
Press Release • Feb 23, 2012 14:57 GMT
Proposed plans for a new Dignity Code highlighted in the media this week, have met with approval from Elder Care Campaigner and Dignity Board Member Amanda Waring.
'I applaud all initiatives that demonstrate the need for respect for our elders' Said West Sussex based Amanda. 'Now is the time to transform the need for compassionate care and to ensure it becomes embedded in all trainings moving forward.'
'The code of conduct is a vital component to address and provide solutions to this need, to provide the best care we can and show our elders that they are indeed valued' Amanda commented 'I have been campaigning for many years now, to ensure that dignity for our elders is placed at the forefront of our health and social care initiatives and I am pleased that our society is beginning to realise that to ensure positive steps are taken, we might just need something more formal in place'.
After witnessing the terrible treatment her mother, the actress Dame Dorothy Tutin received at the age of 70 in hospital, Amanda was compelled to create a series of award winning short training films regarding elder care issues. Now widely used for training in care institutes around the world, the films encourage people to see the person inside when caring for them, no matter what age or disability.
Like her films, Amanda's forthcoming book 'The Heart of Care' for Souvenir Press explains more about how methods and attitudes towards those we are caring for in our busy lives can be adopted and delivered, through learning just how to deliver person centred and compassionate care. 'I wanted to share my methods and teachings through the creation of the book, as an extension of the benefits gained from my films. I am excited about how the book will be received and am confident it will benefit many.'
Amanda's book is available for pre order now, through WHSmiths, Waterstones and Amazon but will be on shelves from May.
Amanda's films and dignity songs are available from her website www.amandawaring.com
Amanda Waring is an actress, writer and director and has been a passionate campaigner for older people's rights for the past five years.