Checks on older prisoners lacking

    Social service departments are “extremely reluctant” to carry
    out assessments on older prisoners because they do not feel it is
    their duty, according to the prisons inspectorate.

    Glenys Jones, joint chair of the Association of Directors of
    Social Services older people committee, said social services
    departments could not meet prisoners’ needs without more resources
    from the Prison Service.

    But she agreed that older prisoners were not being adequately
    served, adding: “There are older people who are going to live or
    die in prison, and if they were outside we would be looking at
    residential care. But because they are in prison they don’t seem to
    have any access to that.”

    The report, which includes a case of a prisoner in a wheelchair
    who could only have a bath once a month, adds that the Prison
    Service has no strategy for dealing with the needs of older inmates
    and must develop one urgently.

    It calls on the Department of Health and the National Offender
    Management Service to develop a strategy conforming to the National
    Service Framework for Older People.

     

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