Delivering Dignity. Securing dignity in care for older people in hospitals and care homes. A report for consultation – NHS Confederation, Local Government Association – AgeUK – 29 February 2012

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Delivering Dignity. Securing dignity in care for older people in hospitals and care homes. A report for consultation – NHS Confederation, Local Government Association – AgeUK – 29 February 2012

“There has now been more than a decade of reports and investigations exposing severe shortcomings in the care of older  people, yet the problems persist. The NHS Confederation, Age UK and the Local Government Association established the Commission on Dignity in Care for Older People in July 2011 to identify the underlying causes of these persistent failings, and determine what must change to deliver dignity in the care system, focussing on hospitals and care homes.

This draft report, based on expert evidence, recommends fundamental changes to the culture, leadership, management, staff
development, clinical practice and service delivery of care homes and NHS hospitals to secure the dignified care that is the  right of all older people, with the belief that if we get it right for older people we get it right for everyone. The three  organisations which have established the Commission want to play a major role in supporting hospitals and care homes to improve dignity in care, led by the staff who are working there day to day.

This draft report sets out ‘what good looks like’, based on evidence from hospitals and care homes that are already providing excellent dignity in care for older people. The report seeks to help hospitals and care homes identify how they need to  change to deliver dignity for every person every time. It also sets out the changes that need to take place in the wider health and social care system to support hospitals and care homes in prioritising dignity in care.”

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