People in Lanarkshire are now living longer and, generally, healthier lives than ever before.
It means older people are increasingly at the centre of our communities, providing a valuable contribution as employees, business owners, grandparents, carers and volunteers.
It also means the care and support needs of our population are changing. Over the next six years, there is expected to be 25 per cent more older people who may need some form of assistance to live well in their own homes.Staying at home with the right support lets people enjoy longer, healthier more independent and happier lives.
Research shows most older people would prefer to remain in their own homes with support, if they are unable to look after themselves.
Staying at home with the right support lets people enjoy longer, healthier, more independent and happier lives. When the time comes, most people also wish to die at home instead of in a hospital or care home.
Unpaid carers, such as family and friends, play a vital role in providing this support. Many unpaid carers are older people themselves. In fact, around four times as many older people provide more than 20 hours of care a week than receive it.
Community supports, health care and social care are also provided in partnership by:
- NHS Lanarkshire
- North Lanarkshire Council and South Lanarkshire Council
- Voluntary organisations
- Independent sector (which includes care homes and some care at home services).
The support and services provided by these organisations must change if they are to keep up with the increasing number of older people and provide them and their carers with high quality support and care that is tailored to their needs.
To make this happen, the partners in Lanarkshire began work on the Reshaping Care For Older People programme in 2011.
The programme is backed by a Scottish Government Change Fund of around £8 million each year in Lanarkshire until 2014/15. This funding will be used to pilot new and better approaches to transform support and care to more effectively meet older people's needs.