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Reshaping Care

Reshaping Care for Older People

The Reshaping Care for Older People is a Scottish Government initiative aimed at improving services for older people by shifting care towards anticipatory care and prevention.

Why do we need to change

Older people are an asset to this country and preparing for an increasingly ageing population is one of our biggest national challenges. Our older population is likely to increase by around two thirds in the next twenty years and because of this we need to change how we deliver care.

Around 90,000 older people receive some kind of care, whether in their own home, a care home or long-term hospital care. If we continue delivering care the way we do right now, an extra 23,000 people will need care by 2016.

A programme for change 2011-2021

The Reshaping Care for Older People: A Programme for Change 2011-2021 sets out our vision – that 'Older people are valued as an asset, their voices are heard and they are supported to enjoy full and positive lives in their own home or in a homely setting'. In autumn 2013 we produced an update paper, 'Getting On'. This sets out some of the key developments and achievements at national and local level towards reshaping care for older people. It also acknowledges some of the challenges ahead and introduces a new logic model for measuring progress. To accompany the update paper, a plain English summary leaflet is available:

The Change Fund

A £230 million Older People's Change Fund was made available to Health and Social Care Partnerships from the 2011-12 financial year. A further £70 million will be available for the 2014-15 financial year. NHS Boards and their local authority partners submitted change plans, detailing how they proposed to spend this funding.