[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 8, March 2012].
The Commission on Improving Dignity in Care (which includes the NHS Confederation, Age UK and the Local Government Association), has written a draft report aimed at improving dignity for older people receiving care in hospitals and care homes. The report proposes ten key recommendations for hospitals and ten key recommendations for care homes. The Commission also makes recommendations for changes across the health and social care system generally. Content is organised under the following headings:
- Getting it right for every older person, every time.
- How to respond to the consultation.
- Key recommendations (for hospitals, care homes and the health and social care system as a whole).
- Changing society’s attitudes to older people.
- Who we care for.
- What standards of care do people have a right to expect?
- Mind the gap: moving between home, hospital and care home.
- Providers of residential and nursing home care.
- Commissioning dignified care.
- Patient, resident and public representation.
- Universities, professional bodies and staff development.
- Making it all happen.
- Case studies.
Delivering dignity: securing dignity in care for older people in hospitals and care homes. A report for consultation. London: NHS Confederation, the Local Government Association and Age UK, February 2012.