Elderly are humiliated by nurses, warns report

Too many nurses are robbing elderly people of their dignity by treating them as children and stripping them of independence, a commission is to warn

Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent, The Daily Telegraph

The landmark report is expected to say that staff in hospitals and care homes are humiliating older people by feeding them to save time – rather than helping those who need it – issuing orders about what they should wear and when they must go to bed. Senior managers, charities and council chiefs have made a series of recommendations designed to stamp out discrimination of the elderly as well as neglect and abuse. Evidence to their commission heard the devastating effect of poor care, with older people describing how their skills, self-confidence, and ability to look after themselves deteriorated in response to the way they were treated. The report will say that institutions need to do more to help older people maintain their identity, especially when they are adjusting to major changes in their circumstances, such as the loss of a partner, or the move into hospital or a care home.