An independent voice and champion for older people across Wales
Many older people and their families will be deeply concerned about the impact that the coronavirus and the restrictions in place are having on their lives. We are living through a difficult and uncertain time.
It's important to remember that we all have a role to play in helping to delay the spread of the virus and minimising the risk to ourselves and others, and it’s crucial that we continue to follow the latest advice from the government.
Older people and their families can still contact us and we will provide all the help we can. We will also continue to share the latest information from the government via our websites and social media channels as this becomes available.
As Commissioner, I will continue to meet and communicate regularly with the Welsh Government to ensure that the latest information and guidance for older people is communicated effectively, and that plans are in place to ensure that crucial services, such as domiciliary care, will continue to be delivered. I will also continue to monitor the government’s response and action being taken, and will raise concerns and call for further action should we feel that this is not sufficient to protect older people.
There is no getting away from the fact we are living through a period in which we will see unprecedented change and disruption, potentially for a prolonged period. But alongside this, I am confident that we will also see the very best of people and our communities as we all try to navigate the difficult path ahead and ensure that older people are kept as safe as possible and can get the support they need.
Heléna Herklots CBE
Older People’s Commissioner for Wales
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The loss we have seen in our care homes during the Covid-19 pandemic has been a tragedy, and older people living in care homes in Wales need assurance that they will be kept safe and protected from Covid-19, and will be able to access the support they need to have the best possible quality of life.
Given the significant concerns that we both share about the experiences of older people during the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular those living in care homes, we have agreed to work together to consider whether the Welsh Government and public bodies in Wales have met their responsibilities to uphold the human rights of older people.