Human Rights to Inclusive Living and Care for Older People With Mental Health Conditions

Hilde Verbeek, Carmelle Peisah, Carlos Augusto de Mendonca Lima, Kiran Rabheru, Liat Ayalon

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Although older persons wish to age at home, many older persons with mental health conditions and psychosocial disability (MHC-PSD) spend the last few years of their life in residential facilities. This paper will examine the impact of ageism and human rights violations manifested in environmental design, specifically regarding social isolation, loneliness, inadequate psychosocial, environmental, recreational and spiritual support. This is compounded by failure to meet basic care needs-nutrition, hydration, pain and medication support. This paper highlights two innovative initiatives from the Netherlands, which show that older persons’ rights can be maintained in innovative, collective living arrangements. It is concluded that the creation of inclusive and safe environments for older persons with MHC-PSD can facilitate the enjoyment of Human Rights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1015-1020
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes

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© 2021 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry


  • Long-term care
  • dementia
  • environmental design
  • housing with care
  • quality of life


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