A new joint plan which sets out the blueprint for the future development of older people’s services in Moray has been drawn up.
The Moray Community Health and Social Care Partnership’s Joint Commissioning Strategy 2013-2023 sets out the direction for the reshaping of local services to better meet the needs of the older population and maximise people’s ability to manage their own health and well being as close to home and as independently as possible.
A partnership approach has been taken over the last 18 months by staff from health, social care, housing, the Third (voluntary) Sector, Independent Care Sector and, most importantly, older people themselves, culminating in the production of the draft strategy to reflect what older people have said is important to keeping them well and independent. They want to see more care and support available to them in their own homes and local communities to help them maintain their own well being and prevent unnecessary hospital admission when possible, or to help them return home as soon as possible.
The strategy highlights seven commissioning themes and the development work planned over the next three years. These cover: building supportive communities; carers; housing; dementia; frail elderly; modernising community services; and embracing technology/24-hour care.
Final public consultation on the draft took place in December/January and the comments received are documented in Appendix 1. The strategy has now been finalised and approved by Moray Council Health and Social Care Committee, the Moray Community Planning Board and NHS Grampian Board. Implementation of the strategy is currently underway.
The strategy document and supporting appendices can be reviewed on line at the links below.