Help shape future of older people’s care

South Ayrshire residents are being asked to help shape the future of older people’s health and social care services. A new booklet and DVD are now available which set the scene and offer a range of ways for people to tell us what they think.

A new booklet and DVD are now available which set the scene and offer a range of ways for people to tell their local NHS what they think.

In Ayrshire and Arran the number of older people aged 85 and over is expected to rise by 30 per cent between 2012 and 2022 - necessitating a need for services that can change to cope with these future demands.

As part of the ‘Reshaping care for older people’ programme in Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, East, North and South Ayrshire Councils, the independent sector (care homes and care at homes services) and the voluntary and community (third) sector have worked together as partners through the Community Health Partnerships to draft a vision for services for the coming 10 years.

Nationally and locally, older people have been telling health and social care services that they wish to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. This has helped form the local ten-year vision for joint services for older people – ‘Older people in Ayrshire and Arran enjoy full and positive lives within their own communities’.

Jean Hendry, Joint Chair of the South Ayrshire Community Health Partnership Officer Locality Group, said: “We need to think about how communities can continue to support older people to live full and positive lives. So we need local people to help us think about and shape how support could be provided differently in the future.

“Anyone can get involved – after all, this is about our 10-year vision so these changes will affect everyone at some point.”

Councillor Hugh Hunter, Chair of the South Ayrshire Community Health Partnership, said it was vital the “right approach” is taken now so plans can be made for the future.

“Making sure the views and needs of older people are properly considered and reflected in this process will help us to continue delivering high quality, relevant and beneficial services, so older people can live healthy, fulfilling lives in the community and in their own homes, for as long as possible,” he said.

People can request a copy of the DVD and information booklet by sending a letter to: FREEPOST RRRZ-TYRA-LGCT, Older people’s services, Patient and Community Relations, Eglinton House, Ailsa Hospital, Dalmellington Road, AYR KA6 6AB; Email: Reshapingcare@aapct.scot.nhs.uk; Telephone free: 0800 169 1441. The booklet is also available online at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk.

People can also request a copy of the draft 10 year vision for joint services for older people, and the three-year plans for East, North and South Ayrshire, using the contact information above.