Commissioner meets up with older people on tour

First published in News

THE Older People’s Commissioner for Wales visited Pontypool, talking to older people about dignity and respect, before being interviewed for a local radio station.

The Commissioner, Sarah Rochira, was at the Widdershins Centre, Sebastopol, on the latest stop of her Engagement Roadshow, which travels across Wales to meet and speak with older people about the issues that matter most to them.

Ms Rochira talked to older people at the centre, which is run by Age Connects Torfaen, about issues including dignity and respect, as well as health and social care, before being interviewed on Able Radio, a station for people living with disabilities.

She said: “It was good to talk to people from Torfaen about their experiences of receiving hospital care and what they would like to be available for themselves and their loved ones while in hospital.

“Four years ago, my office published the Dignified Care Review, to drive change within the health service at all levels through a series of recommendations to Health Boards and the Welsh Government. Visits such as these help me assess if real change for older people is taking place.”

The visit formed part of the Commissioner’s Engagement Roadshow, which met with over 5,500 people at 180 events across Wales in 2013. For further details, visit

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