Help the Aged Report - The Challenge of Measuring Dignity in Care

04/12/2008

It should be compulsory for health and care providers to be monitored, assessed and held to account over the level of care and respect given to their patients, according to leading older people's charity Help the Aged. The Charity is calling for the 'Standards for Better Health Framework' to be extended to include nine measures of dignity, identified by older people as essential to delivering decent quality healthcare.

A new Help the Aged report, 'On Our Own Terms: The challenge of assessing dignity in care', explains that all too often for older people, use of health and social care services comes hand in hand with a lack of dignity. The research carried out by the Picker Institute on behalf of the Charity, argues that current measures do not give a clear reflection of the overwhelming lack of dignity in care.