Negative views of older people – ageism – can lead to a lack of respect for us. This can mean petty humiliations in everyday life, or a second class service in health care, insurance and many other areas.
For this reason, Tower Hamlets Older People’s Reference Group consulted its members on what dignified treatment meant to them. We have learnt from the experience of City & Hackney OPRG and of the National Pensioners’ Convention and drawn inspiration from the 10 Point Dignity Challenge campaign that was launched by the National Dignity Council. The results of the consultation can be viewed below.
The Code is aimed at providers of services to older people, such as health and social care providers, including housing providers and care homes with a view to improved provision of services particularly around dignity.
We are therefore delighted that the Code has been endorsed by the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Healthwatch Tower Hamlets, Barts Health NHS Trust and the East London NHS Foundation Trust. We hope this support will be translated into staff training and commissioning and procurement of services.