“Dancing, dressing up and releasing balloons – do you think this is inappropriate?”
That was the last paragraph after such a well-written story (Courier, February 3). The staff at Higgins Close worked very hard to achieve what was a great Dignity Week.
The people who attend the day centre told staff what they used to dance to and what they would like to see or, try and dance to again. Staff learnt the dances, waltz, foxtrot, tango and rock and Roll. The outfits were to enable the staff to get into the spirit of things, making it more fun for the people who attend, bringing back memories and happy times.
As for the balloon launch - this was a way of spreading the word of what ‘Dignity’ means to others.
Without TC and the Hepcats, Helen O’Hara, Cathy at Prop Shop, Colin at Roy’s Balloons (who gave up their own time and donated things) and all the staff at Higgins Close, Dignity Week at the Day Centre would not have been the success that it was. There is not enough dignity in Day Centres, Care Homes and Hospitals and this just goes to show - there are people out there who care.
Just responding to Brian Coates’s piece and the editorial at the end asking for comments in support of Higgins Close Day Centre’s efforts for Dignity Action Day on February 25.
Movement, dance, music, song and reminiscence techniques are used to help older people with mental health problems maintain their skills and abilities for as long as possible. The work also helps foster relationships and aims to enable people to continue to live independently in the community.
These methods were used to help promote the importance of dignity in care as part of Dignity Action Day at the same time as boosting wellbeing.
The week was a great success bringing much enjoyment, celebration and a sense of community to people who took part.
Dr Richard Coaten
Dance Movement Psychotherapist and Churchill Fellow 2010
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust