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.
The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, has strongly welcomed the announcement from the First Minister that there will be an Independent Review into the alleged abuse and neglect of over 100 older people living in care homes in the South Wales Valleys alleged to have taken place between 1996 and 2001.
Speaking on Carers Rights Day, the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has said that Wales must get it right for its 370,000 carers and that more must be done to support this vital unpaid workforce who are all too often undervalued and unrecognised for the crucial role they play and the difference they make to the lives of those they care for.
One of my key roles as Older People’s Commissioner for Wales is to ensure that older people, wherever they live in Wales, have a strong voice that is heard, listened to and acted upon. Older people’s voices are therefore at the heart of all that I do as Commissioner, shaping my priorities and driving my work.
Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, has officially launched her Residential Care Review into the quality of life and care of older people living in residential care in Wales.