Is Britain Failing the Elderly?

Is Britain Failing the Elderly?

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A report from The Commission on Improving Dignity in Care for Older People has raised concerns over the way hospitals and care homes across the UK are treating the elderly .

More than 40 organisations that work with the elderly, including doctors, nurses and carers, have contributed to the report, which suggests that Britain is “failing the elderly”.

One of the campaigners for the elderly, broadcaster Esther Rantzen, who is currently working towards launching a new helpline specifically for the elderly called Silverline, said: “It is really important we stop thinking of older people as a collection of disabilities and series of problems and instead think of them as having real value.”

The commission has set out a proposal for how both the NHS and social care sector can tackle this issue and insists that a “major cultural shift” is necessary covering the training and regulation of care workers and medical staff in relation to Dignity in Care.

NCC Home Learning have recently launched a distance learning Dignity and Respect Level 2 Course.  This course is fully accredited by National Awarding Body NCFE and learners can gain a Level 2 Certificate studying from home at their own time and pace.

This course is ideal for those working in a range of care settings, for example, nursing homes, care homes, domiciliary agencies or day services. Carers will gain an understanding of how to provide a more dignified care service, learning how to put dignity issues at the centre of all their care activities.  With this home study Dignity and Respect Certificate students will recognise how they can use dignity to promote independence.

This course covers 4 key modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Dignity Issues
  • Module 2: Dignity Challenges
  • Module 3: Good Practice
  • Module 4: Creating a More Dignified Service

For a full course description visit the Dignity and Respect course page here!

To read more about the report click here.

Nick Cooper
Nick is NCC's resident blog author and covers a range of subjects, including teaching and health & social care. NCC is an international learning provider with over 20 years’ experience offering learning solutions. To date, NCC has engaged with over 20,000 employers, and delivered quality training to over half a million learners.
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