It would appear that these ways persist.
This is The Telegraph -
Elderly are humiliated by nurses, warns reportToo many nurses are robbing elderly people of their dignity by treating them as children and stripping them of independence, a commission is to warn.
8:20AM BST 17 Jun 2012
The landmark report is expected to say that staff in hospitals and care homes are humiliating older people by feeding them to save time - rather than helping those who need it - and issuing orders about what they should wear and when they must go to bed.
Senior managers, charities and council chiefs have made a series of recommendations designed to stamp out discrimination of the elderly as well as neglect and abuse.
Evidence to their commission heard the devastating effect of poor care, with older people describing how their skills, self-confidence, and ability to look after themselves deteriorated in response to the way they were treated.
The report by Age UK, the NHS Confederation and the Local Government Association will say institutions need to do more to help older people maintain their identity, especially when they are adjusting to major changes in their circumstances, such as the loss of a partner, or the move into hospital or a care home.
In an earlier draft of the report, authors said nurses should be banned from using patronising phrase such as "How are we today, dear?" which they said belittled older people.
Recommendations due to be published on Monday are expected to say that language which denigrates older people "has no place in a caring society and should be as unacceptable as racist or sexist terms".
The report will say that expressions such as "bed blockers" to describe those waiting to be discharged from hospital should not be used because they imply that older people are a burden.
However, it will shy away from advising nurses not to call patients "dear" after the recommendation was pilloried by commentators - who said most people cared more about being treated with kindness and not being left in soiled bed sheets, than about the terms used to address them.
The commission will say staff need to give more physical and emotional support to those in their care, and to take into account the spiritual needs of elderly people, especially those reaching the end of their lives.
The report, which has been redrafted following responses from more than 200 organisations and individuals, will say hospitals and care homes could use social networking tools to store a record of an elderly person's personal preferences, to ensure they are treated like an individual.
It is expected to suggest that sites like Facebook and LinkdIn could be adapted to hold information, which would advise those caring for elderly people about the person's life, preferred habits, food and drink tastes, and any communication difficulties or triggers which could cause upset.
A paper version of such records was pioneered by the Alzheimer's Society for patients with dementia.
Other recommendations include more regular assessments of elderly people, to ensure that their pain and nutrition are managed, and to eliminate basic errors, such as forgetting to end a period when patients are "nil by mouth".
A copy of the report will be sent to every NHS hospital and care home chief executive in England.