An independent voice and champion for older people across Wales
The Older People’s
Commissioner for Wales is an
independent voice and champion for older people
across Wales, standing up and speaking out on their behalf. She works to ensure that those who are vulnerable and at risk are kept safe and ensures that all
older people have a voice that is heard,
that they have choice and control, that
they don’t feel isolated or discriminated
against and that they receive the support and services they need. The Commissioner's work is driven by what older people say matters most to them and their voices are at the heart of all that she does. The Commissioner works to make Wales a good place
to grow older - not just for some but for everyone.
The Older People’s Commissioner:
|■ ||Promotes awareness of the rights and interests of older people in Wales. |
|■ ||Challenges discrimination against older people in Wales. |
|■ ||Encourages best practice in the treatment of older people in Wales. |
|Reviews the law affecting the interests of older people in Wales. |
There is much that we can and should celebrate about growing older in Wales. Older people have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and are the backbone of our nation and our communities.
However, for too many older people, growing older is simply not what it should be. Too many older people live in poverty and have to choose whether to heat or eat, too many older people are the victims of abuse, too many feel isolated, vulnerable, lonely and afraid, and don't have the information they need to make important decisions about their lives.
It is the Commissioner's job to make sure that the issues that matter most to older people are being addressed. The Commissioner and her team do this through working in partnership with a wide range of bodies, through developing good practice, but also through reviewing, scrutinising, challenging and, where appropriate, using the Commissioner's legal powers to lay down standards that must be met.
Reduced spending by Local Authorities on vital community, services and infrastructure could have a devastating impact on the lives of older people, according to a new report by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.
A landmark moment occurred in the Senedd yesterday when the National Assembly for Wales voted the UN Principles for Older Persons into the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill.
Download our Special Bulletin to find out more about the next stages of the Commissioner’s Residential Care Review
Tomorrow is Dignity Action Day, an important reminder that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, that people should have choice and control and, perhaps most importantly, that we all have a role to play in promoting and upholding dignity.