‘Society needs to change its attitude to older people’ – RNHA
A cultural shift in the attitude of society at large towards older people is essential if older people are to receive the level of help and support they deserve, according to the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA).
Responding to the recent report of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights about older people, the RNHA said the fact that so many of the country’s senior citizens had to pay for all or most of their own care out of their own pockets spoke volumes about the priority accorded to them by successive governments.
To ensure that older people are treated generally with more consideration and respect, the government needs to take a lead by allocating the resources needed by this group of the population, says the RNHA’s chief executive Frank Ursell:.
“The Human Rights Committee called in its report for a change in culture as far as this country’s approach to older people is concerned,” said Mr Ursell.
“That change must be led from the ver