New care film - His name is Charles
Published on 22 April 2015 10:00 AM
His name is Charles - Age UK today launches a new film to promote human rights for older people abused in care.
Today Age UK launches a new film to get people talking about human rights for older people.
The film tells the story of Charles, who lives in a care home. He is ignored, dressed in someone else's clothes and staff don't even know his name.
On its own each incident seems trivial. But put together, and experienced day in and day out, they add up to a story of neglect and a failure to respect the dignity of an individual older person.
You can watch Charles' story by clicking on the video below:
Human rights can provide people with a way to challenge degrading or abusive treatment and provide a framework for compassionate and dignified care.
Last year Age UK successfully campaigned to extend human rights protection for people when they are being looked after in residential care paid for by the local authority.
But there is still work to do. People in care and their families need to know what their rights are, and providers of care need to ensure no one is abused or neglected.
That's why we need to talk about human rights for older people, and why we're asking people to share this film.