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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 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 at home becomes even more important. Innovative approaches such as '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 appropriate alternative care services to care homes and hospitals is also important. Personal factors include: individuals' dependency levels; whether they live alone; and whether they have a carer. 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.
How are we performing?
The latest figure of 32.3% shows a slight increase compared with 32.2% in the previous year.Since 2003 there has been a steady increase in the proportion of people aged 65 and over with high levels of care needs who are cared for at home.
Source: Scottish Care Home Census, Home Care Return, Scottish Government, SMR50 ISD
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This 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.
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