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NHS elderly care review launched

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The Welsh government has launched a review into the level of respect and dignity given to older people in hospitals.

Announcing the investigation, older people’s commissioner Ruth Marks said: “I have been told about some excellent services, but also have heard some serious concerns that need to be looked at, for example, over the continued use of mixed sex wards, failure to alleviate bed sores with pressure relieving mattresses, cleanliness of wards and older people fearing recriminations if they complain.”

The review, the first by her office since April 2008, could see local health boards be forced to account for how elderly people in their care are treated.

It follows an annual report last year which suggested that medical staff should refrain from calling older people by their first names unless specifically asked to do so by the patient.

The investigation will be chaired by Dame Deirdre Hine, a former chief medical officer at the Welsh Office.

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  • Really pleased to see the announcement of this review.
    This needs to really robust and not about the 'softly softly' touch, as older people have waited far too long for this Review - 2 years since the OPCommissioner was appointed. There was lots of serious damaging evidence of poor practice prior to this - why wait.

    Older peoples' experiences in hospitals around Wales need to include evidence from care homes who receive older people from hospital (either for the first time or after treatment). There are hundreds of older people who would come from hospital to a care home every day of the week.
    Care home managers can often offer clear documented evidence of the physical and psychological state of the older person when they arrive at the care home.
    This will be an objective view based on physical evidence rather then the older person's perspective which, as evidence already suggest, may include a low expectation of what quality of care they should receive in hospital. See Help the Aged Report on Measuring Dignity and Respect in 2009.

    Also talk to the relatives and advocates of these older people.

    We also trust that the 'whole experience of older people and how their dignity and respect is upheld or compromised is captured - not just the medical aspects.

    There is a danger of this as the Chair of this Review is a doctor.

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