Why do we need the Quality Mark?
Hospital admission can be particularly difficult for older people. Without the best care, illness or injury can lead to poor outcomes such as loss of mobility or cognitive skills.
Loss of continence, skin problems, dehydration and malnutrition are also risks that have been associated with hospital care.
The Quality Mark helps wards to assess the needs of older patients and provide better care. For more information on the improvements wards have made as part of the process, please see the programme's reports and resources.
Taking part demonstrates commitment made by your hospital, your ward and your staff to achieve consistent high-quality care for older people. Please see the Statement of Measurements (PDF) for more detail on how wards are assessed.