ENNHRI’s report identifies key human rights trends relating to LTC in Europe

"We have the same rights": ENNHRI’s report on The Human Rights of Older Persons and Long-term Care (LTC) identified key trends in the human rights situation relating to LTC in Europe and found a series human rights abuses in Europe’s nursing homes.

As part of the Project on the human rights of older persons and long term care, NHRIs in Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania and Romania, carried out intensive monitoring within their jurisdictions and produced national reports on the Human Rights of Older Persons and LTC .

The report analysed these national findings to identify key trends in the human rights situation relating to LTC in Europe.

The report was picked-up by Euractiv, an online media platform focusing on European policy making.

Ciara O’Dwyer, the coordinator of the project, told EURACTIV.com that care workers do their best for their residents; however, there are remarkable shortcomings. “Many of them have not learned about human rights and don’t understand how to implement them,” she commented, underlining that low numbers of care workers and financial constraints mean that staff can find it difficult to consistently think creatively about how to uphold the human rights of their residents.