Whilst we have been continually reshaping our care services, the publication of a report by the Christie Commission told us we need to do more. The report stated that there would have to be a shift in the way public services are delivered in Scotland, as the current resources will not meet the future demand.
Specifically, the report said we should:
- prioritise preventative spending; this means spending more money to help people live healthier and safer lives. This will mean less spending is required on hospital or specialist care later on.
- empower individuals and communities involving them in service design and delivery. This should result in services that match what people need and want.
- have organisations work closely together to deliver services; and
- improve efficiency: this means organisations working together to improve services.
New and improved legislation, strategies and policies help to support the reshaping of care for older people, ranging from a National Dementia Strategy to Digital Inclusion. We can't name them all here, but some of the key ones are:
- Free Personal and Nursing care
- Self Directed Support
- Integration of Health and Social Care
- National Dementia Strategy
- Carers Strategy
- Models of Residential Care (in progress)
- Older People's Housing Strategy
- National Concessionary Travel Scheme
- Digital Inclusion
- NHS Quality Strategy
- The Delivery Plan for Health Professions in Scotland
- Mental Health Strategy
Source: Places for People Care and Support Scotland: the screening of the comedy drama, The Wayward Wind.
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Mr Johnstone's daughter on the East Ayrshire Home Buddy Scheme, funded through the Change Fund
Email: Alan Martin