Reshaping Care for Older People 2011 - 2021

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


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

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