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Dignified Care for older people is fundamental

20.3.12

Ruth Marks, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, has again highlighted the importance of dignity in care following The Royal College of Nursing’s ‘Safe staffing for older people’s wards’ report published today. 

The Report states that “older people’s wards need enough staff, highly skilled nursing teams and flexible staffing arrangements” and that ward sisters/senior charge nurses on older people’s wards should be “empowered to make decisions on safe staffing for their area”.

These calls support the recommendations of the ‘Dignified Care?’ Review published in 2011 by the Commissioner, which examined the experiences of older people in hospital in Wales.

Ruth Marks stated: “Dignity and respect are basic human rights which must be maintained at all times throughout an older person’s hospital experience.  We must ensure that older people in vulnerable situations are safeguarded and supported and that staff caring for them are trained in understanding the health and wellbeing of older patients”.

The Royal College of Nursing’s ‘Safe staffing for older people’s wards’ report – in full