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'Cultural shift' needed to improve care

'Cultural shift' needed to improve care
19th June 2012

A "major cultural shift" is needed in the health and social care sector to prevent the perpetration of undignified care of older adults.

This is the main message of the report Delivering Dignity from the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care for Older People.

Commissioned by the NHS Confederation, Age UK and the Local Government Association, the report is the result of a month long consultation and feedback from over 230 health and social care organisations, patients and other individuals.

According to the study, latent attitudes towards older adults are at the root of the growing problem of undignified care in hospitals and certain care homes.

The Commission has recommended a series of principles that should never be forgotten when delivering care, including introducing formal and informal feedback.

It has also been recommended that every patient is protected by human rights legislation.

A spokesperson from the Alzheimer's Society commented: "It is vitally important that anyone in hospital or a care home can be confident they will be treated with dignity and receive good quality care."

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