Salford champions rights of older people and those at the end of life

Wednesday 29 May 2013
Natalie Yates-Bolton

The University of Salford led a unique course on human rights-based approaches to the support of older people and end of life care (HUROPEL) which took place in France this month.

Students from Salford, Ireland, France, Hungary, Finland and Austria explored the care and support of older people and how health, social care and legal professionals can learn from each other to make a positive difference.

HUROPEL is part of the University’s wider agenda of developing dementia-friendly communities and societies. Last year a conference was held at Salford to share how dementia design can be used in people’s own homes, care homes and hospitals to support everyday living. The International Dementia Design network was also launched to encourage collaborative research in the field.

Natalie Yates-Bolton of the University of Salford, who led  the course, said: “The course prioritises human rights to encourage compassionate care which maintains the dignity and autonomy of the patient. It will help to share best practice across Europe so older people can live well in their communities.”

The two-week EU-funded course washeld at the University of the Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, which is one of Salford’s twin cities. This is the third year of the programme which was previously held in Salford and Finland.

The course coincided with David Cameron’s announcement that the UK will use the presidency of the G8 to promote an international approach to dementia.