Dignity in care video library

Dignity is fundamental to current social care policy. This collection of short films are designed to put into context the topics discussed in the guide. They show good practice examples of providing dignity in care.

Dignity in care: personal hygiene

Personal hygiene

This film gives us an insight into people's lives and the way they want to maintain their surroundings. It's important to support people to maintain their personal hygiene, appearance and living environment – and to the standards that they want.

Dignity in care: Pain management

Pain management

This film, aimed at health and care staff, reminds us that pain levels vary for every individual. In addition, it looks at how alternative therapies, massages and the simple use of moisturiser to keep the skin hydrated, can help to alleviate pain.

Dignity in care: Practical assistance

Practical assistance

A film for health and care staff. It shows a number of innovative schemes across the country that offer practical assistance for people with care and support needs. It also points out that help with small tasks can prevent people from needing a higher level of care.

Dignity in care: Nutrition for older people in care homes

Nutrition for older people in care homes

Dignity in care can be promoted by providing a choice of nutritious, appetising meals that meet the needs and choices of individuals, and support with eating where needed. This film highlights the role of good nutritional care and hydration for older people living in residential care homes.

Dignity in care: Social inclusion

Social inclusion

This film looks at people doing normal, everyday things like catching the bus or socialising with friends. Social inclusion, in practice, means doing things such as promoting and supporting access to social networks.

Dignity in care: Privacy


Privacy is a major contributor to providing dignity in care. It can mean making sure that a confidentiality policy is in place; or making issues of privacy and dignity part of staff induction and training.

Dignity in care: Choice and control

Choice and control

This film shows practical examples of how people with care and support needs can be supported to have choice and control; and with that, dignity in care.

Dignity in care: communication


Good communication can help people to maintain their dignity. Communication can mean asking people how they prefer to be addressed and to respect their wishes; or giving people information about their care and support in advance.