Dignity in care: choice and control

What is the video about?

Owning a budgerigar; deciding between mince with dumplings or a roast chicken dinner; going off shopping and buying the items you've chosen. Just three examples, shown in this film, of how people with care and support needs can be supported to have choice and control. The young men with learning disabilities who draw up their preferred shopping list travel to town unsupported, buy the food, come back and cook it and then eat it. It's important to take time to understand and know the person, their previous lives and past achievements, and to support people to develop things like ‘life story books’. If you treat people as equals, you can make sure they remain in control of what happens to them.

Messages for practice

Who will find this useful?

Care staff; commissioners of services; family carers and anyone in the community who can provide dignity by supporting people to have choice and control over their lives.