Formal Inquiry into
the human rights of
older people receiving
home-based care in
• Nature of social care is changing rapidly with an increasing
number of care transactions likely to take place at the margins
of, or even outside of, regulated care.
• Much home based care is of a highly personal and sensitive
nature and delivered ‘behind closed doors’.
• Most of the attention has been on human rights in institutional
• Evidence of potential risks to older people’s human rights –
more often due to lack of awareness rather than deliberate
Under Section 3 of the Equality Act 2006, the Commission is
using its powers to conduct an Inquiry into older people and
human rights in home based (not residential homes) care and
We are looking to gather positive and less satisfactory
experiences from older people, their carers and friends/family
in order to gauge a picture of the quality of care in relation to
A report will then be submitted to government to influence the
Independent Commission on social care reform.
The Commission is looking for evidence from individuals, carers and
organisations representing older people (age 65 plus).
We are gathering experiences to find out:
* if homecare services promote the dignity and independence of older
* how people's home and family life is respected. This includes ensuring
correspondence and personal information is kept private.
* if people are provided with information with which to make an informed
choice about their care.
* if people are listened to and have their opinions acknowledged, accepted
and acted on.
What we are looking for
Type of care and support
Examples include assistance with:
• Washing, bathing and getting dressed
• Meal preparation
• Laundry and housework
• Attending day activities
• Core evidence gathering
10th Nov 2010 – 4th
• Interviews with older people and families
December – March 2011
• Good practice case studies and analysis
April – July 2011
• Findings and recommendations
How do I find out more?
All information including the Call for Evidence and Terms of Reference will be published on the
Commission’s website and available from our Helpline to order from 10th
Please note that the Commission will ensure all information we refer to in our final report is
anonymous unless the individual/organisation consents to being identified.
Queries should be directed to:
Telephone: 08456 046 610
Textphone: 08456 046 620
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Arndale House, Arndale Centre
Manchester, M4 3AQ