Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, has officially launched her Residential Care Review into the quality of life and care of older people living in residential care in Wales.
Sarah Rochira is calling on older people across Wales, as well as their friends and families, to share their experiences of residential care, which will be used alongside a range of other evidence to develop a series of recommendations for residential care providers and public bodies.
As part of the Review, the Commissioner and her team will also be visiting around 100 residential homes across Wales, meeting with older people to hear directly from them about their experiences, and gathering further evidence directly from residential care providers, social care staff and public bodies.
Sue Phelps, Director of Alzheimer’s Society in Wales, will join the Commissioner on a number of these visits as a member of the Commissioner’s Advisory Panel.
Sue Phelps Director of Alzheimer’s Society in Wales commented:
‘I am delighted to support the Older People’s Commisioner for Wales in her review of residential care. We know that there is lots of excellent quality care in residential care homes, but our research has found that people have very low expectations of what a care home will offer and many are scared of ever living in one.
‘Too often we hear that people with dementia in care homes don’t have the opportunity for regular and meaningful social interaction and activities of their choice which help them continue to live well with dementia. Care homes shouldn’t be seen as an isolated place of last resort but as part of the wider community. I am keen to support people with dementia to make sure their voice is heard.’