Posted on July 31, 2013

Domiciliary home care costs rise in Scotland

It has been revealed that Scottish councils have doubled their spending on care at home services for the elderly over the last eight years. The cost has been revealed to be £350 million for care at home between 2011 and 2012.  Reasons for the rise have been given, and one of these is that more people are being helped with independent living and are therefore able to remain in their own homes for longer.  The health secretary, Alex Neil, has stated that these figures are encouraging, as more people can be cared for at home rather than in residential care or hospitals. There are also now more care workers providing personal rather than domestic care, and the statistics show that increasing levels of need are being met within the home.  There has been a 42% rise in the number of people receiving personal care at home, and the study has also shown that the elderly are getting to spend more time with their carers each day.  The health secretary has expressed his hope that this trend can continue and that health and social care integration will be ongoing. Comments from the Scottish Labour party suggest that it believes these rising figures are going to put pressure on the health service unless plans are made for long-term care provision for an ageing population.  The party has called for a national debate on the subject, stating that it wants to work with the current Scottish government to ensure that the needs of the future are met.
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