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Human rights in care

12 January 2022: The Relatives & Residents Association has told Parliament that older people are facing the most sustained, serious attack on their rights we’ve ever seen. R&RA’s director gave oral evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights, as part of their inquiry into rights in care settings. Helen Wildbore said older people have […] Read More...

Coalition calls for end to isolation

The Relatives & Residents Association has sent a letter, on behalf of a coalition of organisations, to local health and care leaders calling for them to end harmful isolation practices and to help promote the rights of people in care. Organisations representing both care providers and users signed the joint letter highlighting the severe, detrimental […] Read More...

The year in review

22 December 2021: This has been another incredibly challenging year for older people needing care and their relatives and friends. The pandemic and measures taken to manage it continue to have a devastating impact on the rights of care users. Staff shortages are crippling the sector, putting the safety and dignity of people using services at […] Read More...

Another xmas in isolation?

20 December 2021: With days to go before Christmas, people in care find themselves left behind once again. Whilst the rest of the country is free to enjoy Christmas parties, reconnect with family, even use their covid passes to go clubbing, care home residents are facing a depressing repeat of last Christmas. No covid pass […] Read More...

End human rights crisis in care

13 December 2021: R&RA has written to Parliament expressing concern about the rights of older people using care being at risk. In written evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights, we called for urgent action to end the human rights crisis in care.   Older people in care are facing the most catastrophic and […] Read More...

PM should protect human rights law

10 December 2021: R&RA has signed an open letter to the Prime Minister, alongside 159 organisations, challenging him to secure our human rights protections in the UK. We are concerned that the Government is reviewing the Human Rights Act, particularly during a global pandemic which has seen the rights of older people undermined by the […] Read More...

Don’t weaken rights protections

R&RA has expressed concern about the Government’s review of legal human rights protections. Submitting evidence to the Government’s Independent Human Rights Act Review, we questioned why the Government has thought it necessary to establish the review of the Human Rights Act (HRA). The timing is incredibly troubling, taking place during a global pandemic which has seen […] Read More...

No fix for care

6 December 2021: It was July 2019 when the Prime Minister stood on the steps of Downing Street and promised, in his maiden speech, “we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared”. Now, 28 months later, the plan has been published and sadly it […] Read More...

Freedom day in care homes?

26 November 2021: Blink and you’ll miss it: the Government have lifted visiting restrictions in care homes across England. This is welcome news.   Whilst COVID-19 restrictions were lifted across England in July, people living in care have still been subject to Government guidance setting out restrictions on the contact they can have with family […] Read More...

Give me back my rights!

25 November 2021: The Relatives & Residents Association is calling for urgent action to end the discrimination against older people isolated in care. We have produced a video sharing the story of Frances, 100 years old, and the continued isolation she and others face in care homes across the country.   Whilst COVID-19 restrictions were […] Read More...

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