Conference spelled out the challenges

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A conference held recently in Southampton looked at the challenges facing Housing Associations, the NHS and local authorities in caring for elderly people. New ways to help older people live a more independent life were discussed at the conference organised by the Atlantic Housing Group. By the year 2025 the number of people over 80 is expected to increase by 50%. Speakers from the Government, the NHS, dementia care experts and organisations working in the Extra Care market looked at the growing demands of an ageing society. Keynote speaker Mike Yates, team leader from the Department of Health, gave an overview of the Government¹s National Service Framework for Older People (NSF). “This NSF sets national standards that focus on the needs of older people, with an extra investment of £1.4bn each year from 2003/04,” Mr Yates said. “There are lots of examples of good practice today, but there are still reports of poor, insensitive and discriminatory services. The NSF is a blueprint for change which aims to exte

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