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Growing old with dignity

A Dignity Code, championing the rights of older people, has been adopted by Waltham Forest Council following a request from a local pensioners group.

Earlier this month, representatives from the Waltham Forest Pensioners Convention, which was set up to improve the position of pensioners in the borough, presented Council Leader Chris Robbins, Cllr Angie Bean, cabinet member for adults, and Chief Executive Martin Esom, with a copy of the code which will be formally signed in the next few weeks.

“Formally adopting the Code is confirmation of what we’re already doing to support our older residents to live with dignity, whatever their circumstances,” said Cllr Angie Bean.

“It’s really important, especially as people are living longer lives, that we continue to empower older people to have a voice, whether they’re at home or being cared for.”

Claire Weiss, a member of the Waltham Forest Pensioners Convention said: “The Dignity Code is about the public – everyone who uses or provides services – and making sure they have higher expectations about how to behave.

“It needs to touch the hearts and minds of people working in our social services,” she added.

The Dignity Code is a national initiative launched by the National Pensioners Convention. It recognises that certain practices are unacceptable in the treatment of older people including abuse and disrespect, and calls for a number of measures such as the provision of advocacy services and care to be adapted to the needs of the individual.

For information visit www.npcuk.org or call 020 7383 0388.

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