ADASS tells MPs ‘better training will help safeguard older people’
Directors of adult social services have told MPs that greater attention needs to be paid to the human rights of older people in both health and social care settings, saying older people themselves might often be unaware that infringements are taking place.
In a submission to the House of Commons Joint Committee on Human Rights the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) warns that older people might feel less confident in raising concerns about possible abuse, neglect or discrimination for fear of retribution.
“The way in which health and residential care providers respond to older people and their families who seek to voice concerns about possible abuse, neglect, or discrimination can present a barrier,” says the ADASS submission.
“Complainants might face excessive delays, and defensive attitudes by the providers.
“Similarly their families may also be concerned that if they voice their concerns, their relative’s care could suffer.”