What do you think about the care system?

Lady with carer

The Scottish Older People’s Assembly (SOPA) is taking place in Edinburgh on Friday 2 November 2012 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). SOPA is a themed event, and this year the day’s agenda is centred around care and caring.

Age Scotland is on the Scottish Older People’s Assembly Steering Group, and we are asking older people to give us comments and statements about their experience of care and caring, including preventative care that helps older people to remain active and connected to family and community.

As well as the challenges and difficulties faced, we are particularly keen to hear of innovative projects and what has worked well for carers.

Your comments will help shape the Assembly programme and inform Scottish Ministers, and the issues will be reflected in the Assembly report that will go to the Scottish Government and other organisations involved with SOPA.

Comments can be sent to acfaa@edinburgh.gov.uk or by post to Glenda Watt, The City of Edinburgh Council, Business Centre 1/7, Waverley Court, 4 East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG.

Alternatively, you can leave comments on this blog post and we will be happy to take them into account. Please say if you are responding as an individual or representing a group and we can help shape SOPA’s programme for November based on your feedback. Thank you!

2 thoughts on “What do you think about the care system?

  1. Much. More centres of excellence in caring for the dementias. There should be more distinction between elderly care , and those with dementia, with very difficult and different skills. More specialist specific training to have nurses in dementia seen as expert, and delivering high quality care. Ggoing on SVQ short courses in no way replaces skilled training. And governments need to wake up to this situation , which will not go away, and affect most of us. And carers, managers and medics need to brush up on capacity and consent issues.

    • Hi David, thanks for your comment. We will forward this to SOPA organisers so your thoughts can be taken into consideration for planning of the event in November. You’ve raised some excellent points.

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