PRESS RELEASE - AGE- Plarform calls for mandatory European
quality standards for long term care to protect dependent and vulnerable older people
There is a common understanding that the dignity of all human beings should be protected and respected. Older people must no longer be the exception.
On the occasion of the Czech Presidency’s European Conference on the Care and Protection of Senior Citizens in Prague on the 25th and 26th May 2009, AGE is calling for the introduction of concrete measures to protect older people from violence and ensure them a life of dignity.
To this end, AGE will issue a declaration on the care and
protection of older people calling on the European Commission and
The development of – and adherence to – mandatory European
quality standards for community and residential eldercare services to ensure that
older people receive the standard of treatment they deserve and to prevent
· The implementation of quality control mechanisms to identify flaws in eldercare services, develop ways of improving care, certify care providers who perform well and decertify those who do not.
· Appropriate funding of health and social care services for older people so that institutions and their staff have the necessary resources to provide competent, appropriate and dedicated health-promoting care, support and treatment, tailored to individual needs.
- Support for further research and data-collection on elder abuse. The phenomenon is widespread across the European Union but reliable statistics and information remain in short supply.
- Efforts to raise awareness of elder abuse, and to help those who are involved in caring for older people to detect elder abuse and react appropriately, including in home care settings.
- The development of protection and reporting mechanisms, and a commitment to imposing professional sanctions or prosecution when an older person’s fundamental right to physical and mental integrity is not respected. Elder abuse and neglect must no longer be tolerated.
AGE is currently leading a network of partner organisations in a European project funded by the DAPHNE Programme to contribute to developing a pan-European strategy to combat elder abuse against older women. We are confident that the project’s charter of rights and implementation guide will prove to be timely and powerful tools to drive forward action to protect, and empower older people in long term care.
For your information, you can watch the on-line transmission of the conference on the website: http://EU2009.VisualGate.cz