Future of elderly care set to be reviewed

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PLANS to provide more care for elderly people at home rather than hospitals will come under the microscope next month.

Leaders in West Sussex are discussing a new initiative called ‘Proactive Care’ at a meeting on July 4.

Dr Mike Sadler, the county council’s executive director of health and social care, will deliver a report outlining the benefits of the initiative, which is aimed at more care in people’s homes rather than hospitals.

Margaret Whitehead, chairwoman of the committee, said: ‘We understand that admission to hospital can be a distressing and sometimes unnecessary experience for frail elderly people.

‘We want to understand how this scheme will help to keep local people independent and well, and support them in their own homes. It is likely we will want to monitor its impact and identify whether any services will change significantly as a result of this programme.’

The proposals have been drawn up jointly by the NHS and West Sussex County Council.