Funding of £60m to support older people announced

    Funding of £60 million for councils to help older people
    live independently longer was announced by the government today,
    writes Clare Jerrom.

    Stephen Ladyman

    The Partnerships for Older People Projects grant aims to
    encourage councils together with the NHS, local government,
    voluntary and community sector partners to work together to devise
    innovative ways to support older people in healthy living.

    Health minister Stephen Ladyman said: “Nearly 50 per cent
    of all hospital admissions are of older people and many of these
    are avoidable.”

    “Working proactively to give care in a community setting
    enables older people to maintain their independence and quality of
    life, and reduces the need for hospital or high intensity
    care,” he added.

    Successful projects may contain ideas to be outlined in the
    adult social care green paper.

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