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The Strategy for Older People in Wales published in January 2003 is celebrating the success of its eighth year and looking forward to the review of the second phase of the strategy with a view to creating a third to improve the quality of life for older people.
The themes for 2008-2013 were:
- To tackle discrimination against older people and promote positive images of ageing and give older people a stronger voice in society.
- To promote and develop older people's capacity to work and learn for as long as they want.
- To promote and improve the health and well-being of older people by ensuring that maximising independence is an integral part of planning and delivering services.
- To continue to work together to implement the second phase of the Strategy across all sectors to bring about innovation and change.
As an additional framework to deliver the Health and Social Care agenda of the Strategy, the National Service Framework for Older People in Wales was launched in March 2006. This framework will set National, evidence based standards across Wales ensuring greater equity in Health and Social Care Services. The NSF consists of 10 key standards which are followed by key actions required to bring about change.
The Health Social Care and Well Being Strategy reports on the progress made against the identified priority of Older People. The draft strategy pays particular attention to the needs of the frail older people as outlined in Theme 2: Promoting Independence and Protecting the Vulnerable.
There are expected to be many changes in the way the Local Authority delivers and plans services for Older People in the future. Uncertainty over economic stability is likely to have an effect on what is deliverable over the next few years. There are many challenges ahead but the Welsh Governments commitment to Older People is evident in its continued funding for the Older People’s strategy till 2013 and it’s view to implement a third phase of the strategy following the review of the second phase.
Keeping Warm in Winter
Keeping warm over the winter months can help prevent colds, flu or more serious health problems like pneumonia. Please visit the Direct Gov website to find out some simple things you can do to keep warm, stay healthy and make the best use of your heating at home.
Part of the Trading Standards remit is to raise awareness of the public’s legal rights especially in the area of doorstep contracts. They have an ongoing project with fellow partners; South Wales Police, Age Concern, Neighbourhood Watch and Safer Merthyr Tydfil, that offers to meet local groups to discuss how to avoid being the victim of doorstep crime.
Trading Standards are looking to meet with many more groups and if you are interested in inviting Trading Standards to your group to raise awareness then please feel free to call 01685 725248. For further information please see the Trading Standards page on the website.
If you are having problems maintaining your tenancy then you may be eligible to access Supporting People. Supporting People offers housing related support which to vulnerable individuals. For more information please see the Supporting Vulnerable People page on the website.
Neighbourhood Watch schemes are without doubt one of the best known crime reduction measures in the UK.
If you would more information on how to start a Watch, join an existing Watch or more details on the Ringmaster messaging alert system then please call:
Karen Powell on: 01685 724318, Mob: 07830525398, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
An £8m state-of-the-art Extra Care housing development for older people has been confirmed for Merthyr Tydfil.
A unique residential community, the development will comprise of a total of 60 self contained flats.
For more information on Extra Care please see the Extra Care Housing Development page on the website.