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Preventative support crucial for older generation

21 March, 2012 - by Sue Ramsey


 Speaking at a seminar at the Assembly on how preventative support can help older people continue to experience good health and maintain their independence, Sinn Féin MLA and Chair of the Health Committee Sue Ramsey said that that prevention and early intervention are vital if we are to keep people out of hospitals and other institutions.

At the seminar, organised by Age NI and the Social Care Institute for Excellence, Sue Ramsey said:

“People should be supported to live in their own homes for as long as possible and to live independently and with a sense of purpose and meaning in the latter years of life.

“Our population is an ageing one and people are living longer than they used to 50 years ago.  We all have elderly relatives, neighbours or friends that maintain an active lifestyle but they may actually need care and support as the years go on.

“The Health Committee believes prevention and early intervention are vital if we are to keep people out of hospitals and other institutions.

“With effective treatment, access to services, and prevention strategies, older people can continue to experience good health.  We will be looking in detail at the challenges facing social care and how things can be improved with the recently published ‘Transforming Your Care’ review is focused on some key themes including: moving more care away from hospitals to either GP surgeries or in people’s home, caring for more people in their homes for as long as possible and health and social care professionals working in a more integrated way.

“The Committee believes this is to be welcomed. However, for this to happen we will need to see the resources being directed into community and social care.”

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