The Scottish Government has a vision for the care and support of older people:
"Older people in Scotland are valued as an asset, their voices are heard and older people are supported to enjoy full and positive lives in their own home or in a homely setting"
Across Stirling and Clackmannanshire it is estimated that the number of people aged over 75 years will almost double in the next 20 years. People are living longer and healthier lives but this also means that in later life there are more people requiring health and social care.
People have told us that they want to remain living at home for as long as possible. They want to receive services in their own homes and in their local communities which keep them well and offer a good quality of life without the need for hospital admission.
Evidence shows that nearly one third of the combined resources for the health and social care of older people is spent on unplanned admissions to hospitals and care homes. With this in mind a partnership of organisations is working together to change how we use these resources and to make sure that services are designed to support our older population to lead healthy, full and independent lives.
This partnership includes Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise Clackmannanshire Third Sector Interface NHS Forth Valley, Clackmannanshire and Stirling Councils, and agencies in the Independent Sector.
Working together across our organisations we are beginning to create better integrated and sustainable services that will support independence and provides personalised care to people and their carers. We will involve and consult the public to endure services are redesigned and developed to meet older people's needs.