Publication - Corporate report

Reshaping Care for Older People 2011 - 2021

Published: 30 Aug 2013
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Health and social care

A short, plain English summary of the Reshaping care for Older People Programme, to accompany the publication of our update paper, 'Getting On'.

Reshaping Care for Older People 2011 - 2021


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

Screening of The Wayward Wind

Source: Places for People Care and Support Scotland: the screening of the comedy drama, The Wayward Wind.

Innovative services are reshaping care and changing lives…

"If the reablement service was not in place, I would have been in hospital for a lot longer as I couldn't manage on my own."

Mrs Patterson; Perth and Kinross, on the reablement package she received after being discharged from hospital after surgery

"I am so happy my father has the home buddy. It has been a godsend to me as I know he has a network of people looking after his health and wellbeing."

Mr Johnstone's daughter on the East Ayrshire Home Buddy Scheme, funded through the Change Fund


Email: Alan Martin