Better hospital care for elderly vow after report

Ruth Marks said she was glad to see the points made in her critical report entitled Dignified Care? but she warned a concerted effort was needed to ensure older patients were treated with the respect they deserved.

The report looks at the experiences of older people in Welsh hospitals. It also put forward 12 recommendations to the health boards and trust to ensure older people are always treated with dignity while they are receiving hospital treatment. Mrs Marks said: "As part of my ongoing determination to improve dignity and respect, I will be meeting with all the local health boards, NHS trust and Welsh Government in March and April to check that they are meeting their targets for dignity and respect, as set out in their responses to my report."

The health boards made a series of pledges including prioritising training in dementia awareness and continence care, along with increasing volunteer roles to provide support to patients and improve their hospital experience.

They also said they would ensure there was strong leadership on hospital wards so that care focuses on the needs and rights of elderly patients.

Mrs Marks added: "I am pleased that as a result of my Dignified Care? report all health boards have made public commitments to improve the experiences of older people in hospital.

"Achieving the positive change I want to see will require a relentless focus on older people's needs and their right to be treated with dignity and respect at all times.

"As usual, I will keep older people updated on progress of all the commission's work."


Sourced from This Is South Wales, 8th March 2012.