The rights of older people in care homes have been neglected for too long. Now is the time for change

The focus on care homes throughout the pandemic must lead to action on long-standing issues that COVID-19 has exposed so ruthlessly, writes Heléna Herklots, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales 

The pandemic has been an incredibly difficult time for care homes across the UK. Not only have thousands of older people living in care homes lost their lives, thousands more have seen a decline in their mental and physical health, and/or are grieving the loss of their friends and peers. Thankfully, the vaccine roll-out and improving situation we are seeing throughout the country offers some hope for them and their loved ones.

So while, rightly, there has been a significant focus on care homes throughout the pandemic, as we begin to look to the future it is crucial this translates into action across a number of key areas.

Woman in care home

Read in full what actions are proposed at…

International Public Policy Observatory Source: IPPO : IPPO

For more information about the work of the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, visit

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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