New investment in Wales sees older people receiving care at home
- 06 May
Older people and people with vulnerabilities in Powys will now be offered care at home rather than having to travel to Shropshire or other areas in Wales following funding set up by the Welsh Government.
The Intermediate Care Fund will give £3.76million to Mid and West Wales to support people in their own homes and local communities, hoping to in turn reduce pressure on hospitals, reports the Shropshire Star.
Rebecca Evans, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, welcomed the cash boost, which is part of £17.5m being invested in the fund this year. "The intermediate care fund not only helps older and vulnerable people get the care they need much closer to home - if not at home itself - but it also helps reduce the pressures on the Welsh Health Service enabling a more efficient service at hospitals. This extra funding is part of a continuing process to modernise our health service and make it more accessible to everyone," she said.
The money will be used to further develop projects that have been successful in keeping older people and people with additional needs in their own homes.
It has already been used to supported working between social services, health and housing services to support people's independence within their own home, avoid unnecessary hospital admissions and inappropriate admission to residential care, as well as preventing delayed discharges from hospital.
Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford said: "The £20m we are investing in community-based services will help keep people out of hospital and in their own homes. This will help ease pressures on hospital-based services. This is helping to make a real difference to the lives of older people across Wales, and I'm pleased we are able to continue investing in these vital projects."
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