Edinburgh council are today renewing calls for the public to get involved in shaping the care of elderly as recent figures suggest Edinburgh’s population of over 65 ’is set to increase by 21% by 2016.
A total of almost £217 million will be spent between 2012 and 2013 on services for the elderly as part of the Council’s Joint Commissioning plan for older people.
Members of the public are invited to make their views known by completing a questionnaire.
The council say their vision is “to make older people feel safe and feel equal” and to ensure that they can be as independent as possible for as long as possible.
The Council intend to build on support for unpaid carers, to focus on preventative care, support self-management and work with communities to reduce social isolation.
The largest part of the council’s proposed budget – roughly £119 million – will be spent on people receiving intensive care and support in hospitals or care homes. Another £54 million will be spent on helping aged people who need home assistance.
The plan, once approved, will be monitored by the Checkpoint Group and a multi-agency Older People’s Management Group, which include representatives from the NHS, the council and various voluntary and private sector institutions.