Plans being made to improve care for older people

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A BUDGET of more than £16m will be used to improve health and social care for older people in the city.

The Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Portsmouth City Council, are pooling together £16.8m to streamline older peoples’ services from next April.

Called Better Care, the project is part of a national campaign which aims to reduce emergency admissions to hospital, provide health and social care in the community, and reduce the extent of social isolation among older people.

According to the council, there are around 29,000 people aged 65 and over living in Portsmouth, and of those, 4,300 are over the age of 85.

The authority said that 38 per cent of people over 65 live alone.

And nearly 45 per cent – around 14,000 people – living with a health condition or disability affecting daily activities are over 65 years old.

So now health commissioners and the city council, along with other NHS trusts and the voluntary sector, will be working together to provide better care.

Robert Watt, head of adult social care at the council, said: ‘We’re all committed to ensuring the most vulnerable people in our communities receive the high-quality health and social care they need.

‘People are living longer, our over 85s are the fastest expanding population group in Portsmouth.

‘However, as we age, more of us are developing long-term health conditions that can have an impact on how we manage everyday living and can mean we need greater support.

‘Better Care aims to help people live more independently and support them to stay as healthy as they can.’

Other projects include a review of beds in community settings for assessment, rehabilitation and respite, and the facilities for nursing homes supporting residents needing more complex care.

Better Care also wants to hear from people about their views on current health services and ideas for the future.

An information stand will be at the Solent NHS Trust Annual General Meeting, which takes place on Thursday, September 11, in St James’ Hospital, in Locksway Road, Milton, at 5.30pm.

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