Review of Services For Older People Starts In Bo’ness
Bo’ness is set to be a pilot location for a project that will help to reshape service for older people across the Falkirk Council area.
A meeting of the Housing and Social Care committee this week heard (6 November) how, over the next year, Falkirk Council’s social work service and its partners will examine closely how it can improve the quality of life for its older people living in Bo’ness and Blackness.
The work will take place with a wide ranging survey of existing users, providers (both public and private), community organisations, families and carers will all have an opportunity to comment on the future of services locally.
The review will take two approaches – firstly, to look at current provision and designing services that are suitable for supporting older people in the future and also to look at residential services and other high dependency services.
Leading the engagement of interested parties will be a dedicated officer who will examine each geographical community and examine the level of provision available currently, the aspirations of communities and the types of services that will suit older people living there.
Councillor Gerry Goldie, Convener of Housing and Social Care said: “The knowledge and expertise of all of our stakeholders will be invaluable in informing of our understanding of what the needs of older people are.
“Our aim is to ensure that the expectations older people have of living at home and in their communities are taken into account in planning and delivering services. We will aim to ensure that we understand what helps and hinders older people to stay active, healthy and independent for as long as possible and when this is no longer possible, the services older people need are appropriate.
“We are starting in the Bo’ness area and are looking for as many views as possible as part of our engagement process.
The second part of the review will focus on residential and other high dependency services against a background of the changing demographics of the area with the increasing demand for services from older people as the numbers increase.
Cllr Goldie added: “Falkirk Council is currently looking at an increase of over £6m per annum to meet care home purchasing needs by 2020 which will have a massive impact on how we provide our services. This is in addition the cost to the NHS of providing continuing care services to older people.
“By redesigning our services now, we will be able to make sure that we can make the necessary changes now to our facilities so that we can meet these challenges in the future.”
“Above all, we will be putting the needs of older people across the Falkirk Council area first as we move forward with our engagement process and we will develop ways of looking after older people that will meet their aspirations that they want.”
- Falkirk Council ( 08/11/2012 )