Welsh government provides
30th May 2015
It was recently announced that £6 million will be provided for the Care and Repair services in Wales, which help older people to live independently at home. The support will enable the services to continue providing adaptations such as ramps, handrails, new stairlifts and safety alarms, which will mean older people do not have to relocate from their own properties.
£2 million of the funding will go towards the Rapid Response Actions Program, which has made huge savings for health and social services by preventing people from being admitted to hospital or care homes. The main aim of the program is to enable elderly people to ‘live safely in the homes they love with the dignity they deserve’.
The Welsh government has stated that for every pound spent on the service, a £7.50 saving is created for health and social care. Similarly, the BBC states that the scheme saves more than seven times the cost of the service, as it means that hospital stays are reduced and fewer people are admitted to care homes.
Ensuring older people can remain independent in their own home
Lesley Griffiths AM, the 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.”
Care and Repair Cymru helps the lives of more than 40,000 people across Wales every year, which government funding will now support even further. The service considers itself the “Older People’s Housing Champion” and has 22 agencies across the country, which help to make homes safe, secure and appropriate to the individual’s needs. It has previously won awards that recognise its work to help people live in warmer homes, which is another way in which the service assists vulnerable members of society, such as those living in some of the poorest housing in the community.
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