Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride, has welcomed the announcement of a new blueprint by a cross-agency partnership that looks to ensure Scotland’s growing older population are treated with dignity and respect in their homes.
Linda said “I am acutely aware of the concerns of older people as they strive to maintain dignity in their own homes.
“A key aim of the Older People’s Housing Strategy is to promote a range of housing and support services, enabling older people to choose the services which are best for them.
“I am pleased that Scottish Ministers are recognising the importance of this issue and are working with relevant partners to help safeguard the rights of us all to live healthy and fulfilled lives in our later years.”
The number of people aged 60 and over is projected to increase to over 1.7 million by 2035, a 46 per cent increase since 2010, which could lead to difficulties in service provision for those in this age bracket.
The Older People’s Housing Strategy, a group including input from Scottish Ministers and Cosla, stresses the importance of supporting people to remain at home independently for as long as possible, rather than premature or inappropriate admissions to care homes or hospitals.
Housing Minister Keith Brown said “The hallmark of a civilised nation is the way in which it treats its older citizens. Scotland’s older people have made, and continue to make, an invaluable contribution to our society. They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect in their old age.
“This national strategy sets out our vision for housing and support for older people, along with a framework for delivery. It aims to help them to live independently, comfortably and safely at home in their communities where they are valued as an asset and their voices are heard.
“Against this demographic backdrop we face the most challenging financial situation since devolution, with a cut of 12 per cent in real terms to the Scottish Government’s budget, and 32 per cent in the capital budget by 2014-15.
“It is therefore important to invest resources wisely in Housing, Social Care and Health. This new strategy has been developed in partnership with Cosla. We will work together to deliver the best housing based solutions for our older people.”
Age Scotland said “Age Scotland is proud to be associated with this Strategy, which we believe has tremendous potential to have a positive impact on older people.
“From the focus on preventative support to the need for comprehensive information and advice, the Strategy addresses each of the key areas in which change is necessary if we are to achieve our shared ambitions of enabling older people to remain at home for as long as possible, and as active citizens within their communities.”
The Older People’s Housing Strategy is available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/12/16091323
It has been developed in partnership with a working group – COSLA, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Age Scotland and Care and Repair Scotland, and with older people through Age Scotland’s Local Housing Panels.
The number of people aged 60 and over is projected to increase to over 1.7 million by 2035, a 46 per cent increase since 2010.
The number of people aged 75 and over is projected to increase to almost 740,000 by 2035, an 82 per cent increase since 2010.
Link to ‘Projected Population of Scotland (2010-based)’, which was published by National Records of Scotland (formerly GROS and NAS) in October 2011:
Local authority breakdown for projections of numbers of households headed by someone aged 75 and over for 2008 – 2033 (2010 figures not yet available):
‘Household Projections for Scotland, 2008-based’ is: http://www.gro-scotland.gov.uk/statistics/theme/households/projections/index.html