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An inquiry into older people and human rights in home care

Nearly 500,000 older people receive essential care in their own home paid for wholly or partly by their local authority. For too many this care delivered behind closed doors is not supporting the dignity, autonomy and family life which their human rights should guarantee.

Good quality home care is invaluable in providing older people with the support they need to keep their independence and control over their lives in familiar surroundings.

The inquiry, the first of its kind into this issue, has found that although many older people receive care at home which respects and enhances their human rights,
this is by no means a universal experience. It uncovered areas of real concern in the treatment of some older people and significant shortcomings in the way that care is commissioned by local authorities