Dignity for care workers

Improving the value and status of care work to support mutual respect between people who provide care and people who receive it.

If staff do not recognise dignity, if they feel taken for granted, if their self-esteem is dented, then it becomes more difficult for them to deliver dignified care.

Tadd et al, 2011

Dignity for care workers in practice

Commissioners and providers should:

Providers should:

A care worker is a person who is employed to support the independence of individuals in need of that support due to disability, illness or frailty. Care workers provide a range of services including practical assistance, personal care, and emotional support. They can provide these services in residential or nursing care settings, in the person’s own home or in the community. Care workers can be employed directly by social services, by private and voluntary organisations or by individuals who receive a personal budget or fund their own care. A number of different terms are used to describe this role including: care assistant, support worker, personal assistant and, in the US, care giver, nursing aide and paraprofessional.

What others are doing – ideas you could use

Dignity for care workers – key points from policy and research