The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales is calling on the Welsh Government to publish an action plan to protect and support older people living in care homes in Wales.
Her call comes alongside the publication of a new report – Care Home Voices: A snapshot of life in care homes in Wales during Covid-19 – which highlights the issues and challenges that care home residents and staff have faced during the pandemic.
The report is based on the experiences of older people living in care homes, their families and friends, and care home managers and staff – whose voices are included throughout - and examines how the response to Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown have impacted upon older people.
Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Heléna Herklots CBE, said:
“In recent months we have seen a tragedy unfolding in our care homes, and it has concerned me greatly that the voices of people living and working in our care homes – experts by experiences – have not been sufficiently heard.
“This report provides a snapshot of life in care homes in Wales during the pandemic and highlights the significant impact that Covid-19 has had on residents and staff, and the issues and challenges they have faced.
“It also highlights examples of good practice that has made a positive difference to older people’s lives during the past few months, particularly the dedication and commitment of care home staff".
The full report can be read here: