With the right social care package in place when it’s needed, older people spend less time in hospital and more time happy, well and independent at home. Yet all too often this isn’t how it works in practice, with gaps between NHS and local authority services keeping older people hospital bound longer than they need be.
Health services are delivered by the NHS. Social care is provided by local authorities. Different masters, separate budgets, and parallel structures and cultures – yet what older people want and need is to experience health and social care as a single service that gives them the care they need when they need it.
Since autumn 2011 Age Scotland has been calling on older people, and their friends, family and carers, to add their voices to our Heal the Break campaign to ensure health and social care is a joined up service that will benefit older people.
We’ve been asking you to sign up online to our message to Nicola Sturgeon MSP that older people must have a say in how health and social cares services are delivered.
Our petition closes tomorrow, on 31 January. Please add your voice to the cause.
The Charity plans to present the Health Secretary with 1,000 messages of support at an event outside the Scottish Parliament on 22 March. If you would like to attend the event contact the Age Scotland campaigns team on Tel. 0845 833 9313 or by email.