Support for older people

THE growing population of Angus must be treated with dignity and respect in their own homes, Scottish Ministers and Cosla said in a blueprint that looks ten years into the future.

The numbers of households in Angus headed by someone aged 75 and over is projected to increase by 93 per cent to 14,010 by 2033.

The Older People’s Housing Strategy stresses the importance of supporting people to remain at home independently for as long as possible, rather than premature or inappropriate admissions to care homes or hospitals.

It aims to promote a range of housing and support services, enabling older people to choose the services which are best for them.

A key focus will be placed on preventative services that are crucial in helping to reduce accidents and emergency hospital admissions.

The Spending Review marked a decisive shift towards preventative spending, focussing on delivering better outcomes and value for money.

Keith Brown, housing minister, said: “The hallmark of a civilised nation is the way in which it treats its older citizens. Angus’s older people have made, and continue to make, an invaluable contribution to our society. They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect in their old age.

“This national strategy sets out our vision for housing and support for older people, along with a framework for delivery.

“It aims to help older people in Angus to live independently, comfortably and safely at home in their communities where they are valued as an asset and their voices are heard.

“The vast majority of older people will continue to live in mainstream housing. However, there is still a vital role for providers of sheltered housing and extra care housing in reaching out to support older people in the wider community

“Against this demographic backdrop we face the most challenging financial situation since devolution, with a cut of 12 per cent in real terms to the Scottish Government’s budget, and 32 per cent in the capital budget by 2014-15.

“It is therefore important to invest resources wisely in Housing, Social Care and Health. This new strategy has been developed in partnership with Cosla. We will work together to deliver the best housing based solutions for our older people.”