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National Indicator: Care Needs

 Improve support for people with care needs

Indicator Measure
The number of adults receiving personal care at home or direct payments for personal care, as a percentage of the total number of adults needing care

Current Status
In 2008, 57.1% of adults needing care received personal care at home or direct payments for personal care. In 2016, this figure was 61.6%.

2008 to 2016

Source: Scottish Government and ISD
The data for this chart is available at the bottom of the page.

Last Update: 18 January 2017
Next Update: November 2017

Improve support for people with care needs

Why is this National Indicator important?
What will influence this National Indicator?
What is the Government's role?
How is Scotland performing?
Criteria for recent change
Further information
Who are our partners?
Related Strategic Objectives

Why is this National Indicator important?

People tell us they want to stay at home as long as possible. Not only is this understandable from their personal perspective, there is also significant evidence that this helps them remain more independent for longer. This makes it a Government priority to increase the availability of home care and support for people, particularly those with high levels of care needs. As the population ages, and the number of people with complex care needs increases, the need to provide appropriate care and support becomes even more important. Innovative approaches such as re-ablement, 'telecare' and 'telehealth', which use new technology to support people at home, will have an increasing part to play.

What will influence this National Indicator?

The place where people are cared for is influenced by a number of factors, above all their needs and their level of dependency. But the availability locally of affordable appropriate alternative care services, and accommodation is also important. Personal factors include: individuals' dependency levels; whether they live alone; and whether they have a carer. Access to personal income is becoming increasing important also, as public funding becomes more challenging as budgets are spread thinner. The extent to which comprehensive, intensive home care packages are available to keep people at home safely and well supported is also a key factor. The increase in access to telecare support means more people can be looked after at home. The importance of enabling carers to continue their caring role cannot be overstated.

What is the Government's role?

Central, local government and the NHS have a major role in delivering progress on this indicator. This can be achieved through moving services closer to people's own homes, developing more joined up home care services with NHS Boards and ensuring that people have their needs for care properly assessed through, for example, single shared assessments. Jointly commissioned flexible care will become increasingly important through the integration of health and social care.

How is Scotland performing?

The percentage of people receiving personal care at home, rather than in a care home or hospital was decreasing, from 61.8% in 2013 to 61.3% in 2015. The 2016 figure shows an increase to 61.6%, although a change in guidance for one aspect of the measure means caution should be shown when making comparisons.

The data is available at the bottom of the page.

Criteria for recent change

The evaluation is based on: any difference within +/- 0.5 percentage points of last year's figure suggests that the position is more likely to be maintaining than showing any change. An increase of 0.5 percentage points or more suggests the position is improving; whereas a decrease of 0.5 percentage points or more suggests the position is worsening.

Further Information

For information on general methodological approach, please click here.

Scotland Performs Technical Note

Who are our partners?

Local Authorities

NHS Scotland

Third and Independent Care Providers

Related Strategic Objectives

Wealthier and Fairer

Healthier

Safer and Stronger

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