Free Personal Care : "The debate has only just begun"
7 August 2010
Marlyn Glen said today that while the public engagement phase of the Scottish Government’s formal consultation on Reshaping Care for Older People ends in September, "the big debate on this issue has only just begun. "
The consultation seeks to deal with issues such as how free personal care can
be maintained in the decades to come as the number of elderly people in the
Scottish Labour are committed to free personal care.
Ms. Glen said, "The provision of care for the elderly will be a major issue
for Dundee for over the next two decades.
However, she has been unable to obtain information from either Dundee City Council or the Scottish Government on the estimated expenditure on maintaining free personal care at present day standards in Dundee in the near future and of the longer term estimates of the numbers in the city who would require personal care and the numbers employed to provide that care service.
Ms. Glen said,
"Many issues are involved in future personal care such as how do we pay for it, can current services be re-organised to provide more from telecare, cut the number of emergency admissions to hospital, and encourage more voluntary work.
"Changes in lifestyle would lessen the amount of resources devoted to
preventable ill-health conditions that arise from diet, smoking and physical
inactivity. In the long term, this could allow resources to be transferred to
care for the elderly.
"It is generally agreed that carers need more support.