Commissioner’s Report 2010-11 published

30.9.11

The Commissioner’s Report 2010-11 details the wide range of work undertaken by the Older People’s Commission during the last financial year and outlines our future plans and priorities.

Ruth Marks stated: “I would like to direct your attention to advocacy, which is a theme throughout my Report.  Our research with Age Cymru into the provision of advocacy services showed that there are still large areas of Wales that have no funded generic or specialist advocacy provision for older people.  I am deeply concerned about this and have launched a Review into Advocacy Arrangements in care homes across Wales.

“The impact of cuts is a consistent cause for anxiety in my discussions with older people.  Whilst many older people live full and active lives, others depend on assistance for basic care.  

“The right support is vital and plays a big part in preventing illness and dependence and promoting dignity and respect.  I have found that older people have very low expectations about the services they receive. 

“It is up to all of us to communicate what good practice looks like and play our part in making Wales a great place to grow older during these challenging times.”

Commissioner's Report 2010-2011 - full report