Belfast Trust signs up to Age-friendly Belfast Charter

06/12/2016

​Belfast Trust has signed up to the Age-friendly Charter. Its aim is to help organisations and business to sign up to shared standards that will help make Belfast a city where older people live life to the fullest.

Our purpose is to improve health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities, so the opportunity to further develop-age friendly services and locations is important for us.

Medical Director, Cathy Jack, is coordinating Charter work with an expert team across Belfast Trust.

She said, “We are delighted to be part of the Age-friendly Belfast Charter and look forward to continuing to improve our services and in becoming more age friendly.”

As part of our Age-friendly Action Plan, we will initially focus on two hospital sites – Belfast City Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital – delivering customer care training, as well as working on communication, signage and accessibility.

We will also aim to raise dementia friendly awareness with a number of dementia friendly champions.

We will be implementing ‘John’s Campaign’ – allowing families and carers of people with dementia to remain with them in hospital for as many hours as they are needed, and as they are able to give.