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£6m to help elderly people live independently

£6m in Welsh government funding will benefit a service that enables older people to continue living independently at home.

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£6m to help elderly people live independently

£6m in Welsh government funding will benefit a service that enables older people to continue living independently at home.

The support will be given to the Care and Repair service, which currently helps more than 40,000 people in Wales each year, according to government statistics. The service is then used to prevent people from having to relocate due to mobility difficulties, and allows them to remain living comfortably in their own property.

As stated in an article by the BBC, it is thought that the scheme saves seven times more than it costs, and does so by reducing the demands placed on residential care and hospitals. Similarly, the ITV News website states that for every pound invested in the program, health and social services make a £7.50 saving, which is extremely beneficial.

Providing assistance for elderly members of society in Wales

Care and Repair Cymru regard themselves as the ‘older people’s housing champion’, and are a national charitable body that ensures all elderly people have homes that are appropriate for their needs. There are 22 Care and Repair Agencies in Wales in total, which are able to support older people in need in various locations across the country.

£2 million of the funding will be used for the Rapid Response Adaptations Programme, which provides minor adaptations to stop people from having to be admitted to hospital as mentioned above. These types of adaptations include rails, ramps, pathways, and general safety checks, as well as help with moving furniture and clearing clutter. Due to the limitations of the funding, it is unlikely to cover the full cost of a stairlift, although the local council may be able to provide funding help with this.

Lesly Griffiths AM, Minister for communities and tackling poverty, said: “As people across Wales live longer, healthier lives, such preventative measures play an increasingly important role in supporting our health and social services.” This should hopefully enable more people in Wales to receive help from the service, which has proved to be so successful.

Image Credit: National Assembly for Wales (Flickr.com)

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