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Older People - Community care

older person using walking aidThere have been important recent developments in community care to help older people remain in the community. Although most older people do not require the services, a large proportion of recipients are older people.

The Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002 is delivering major improvements in community care services. The Executive is committed to supporting carers as key partners in providing care, to help them to care as much or as long as they like.

  • Carers
    Over half a million people in Scotland help care for someone else.
  • Community care
    People aged 65 and over no longer have to pay for personal care in the community.
  • Joint working
    Encouraging joint working between health, housing and social work, to help deliver better services.