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Dignity in Action at Crabbe Street residential home and wellbeing centre, Ipswich

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Students from Suffolk New College helped make it a very special day for the residents and day care customers at Crabbe Street residential home and wellbeing centre in Ipswich on 1st February in celebration of Dignity Action Day. 

During the morning the students from Suffolk New College, together with the Care UK team, gave a pampering session, including offering hand massages, manicures for the ladies and making corsages with lilac ribbons and sprays of flowers to wear at a tea party in the afternoon. 107 year-old Vilma Harding, Crabbe Street’s oldest resident, cut a special cake.

A menu of activities included a trip to Ipswich Waterfront and Isaacs bar/restaurant.

Pam Purnell, Manager, Crabbe Street residential home, said: “Suffolk New College students helped us make our celebrations extra special for Dignity Action Day which the team here were very determined to make as enjoyable as possible for everyone.”

Crabbe Street has 31 residents, all of whom have dementia. An additional 25 older people with dementia, who are living independently in their own homes, attend the wellbeing centre which provides activities and specialist care in a day care setting.

Dignity Action Day, a national day headed by Dignity Ambassador Dame Joan Bakewell, aims to ensure people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives.

For further information see or call 0333 321 0956.

Photo caption: 93 year-old Mrs Doris Seager enjoys a hand massage during the pampering session for residents at Crabbe Street care home in Ipswich. The Dignity Action Day celebrations were organised by the Care UK team at the home, assisted by students from Suffolk New College.

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