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30/07/13 10:35

Support for an ageing population

More older people receiving care in their own homes.

Commenting on the recent statistics published on free personal and nursing care for older people Health Secretary Alex Neil said:

“Free personal and nursing care is a vital universal benefit and these latest figures show that this distinctive Scottish policy is touching the lives of more than 77,000 older people. These figures are a great example of the kind of improvements we can make to people’s lives when we are able to take the decisions about what happens in Scotland here in Scotland.

“I believe it is only right that older people feel fully supported to live at home or in a homely setting within their own communities for a long as possible. Not only have we seen a 42 per cent rise in the number of people receiving personal care at home in Scotland since 2003-4 but today’s figures show that people are now receiving more time with carers each week.

“It has long been our policy to care for older people in their own homes - or in homely settings in the community - wherever possible. We want to avoid any older person having to stay in hospital unnecessarily because they couldn't be cared for properly in their communities. We are extremely focused on offering the intensive support they need as well as continuing to shift in the balance of care towards providing care at home to enable them to live as full a life as possible.

“I am encouraged by today’s figures that show we are on the right track. I look forward to building on this to achieve more for our older people through the integration of health and social care."