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Welsh Government must improve reablement services for older people

The care system for older people in Wales needs to be overhauled, according to a report from the National Assembly’s health and social care committee.

The committee has been looking into the provision of services for older people, particularly those which improve independence and speed up physical and mental rehabilitation.

There should be less reliance on traditional care homes for providing older people’s care, the report says. Instead, more services should be moved into the community.

The report makes 13 recommendations, including calling on the Welsh Government to ensure older people are always offered a period of reablement or intermediate care following illness, particularly following hospital treatment.

Another recommendation says the NHS in Wales must ensure that common disabling conditions experienced by older people – such as incontinence, stroke recovery, falls, and dementia – are managed and treated more effectively in the community.

Philippa Ford, CSP policy officer for Wales, said: ‘We welcome the publication of the review and agree wholeheartedly with the chair of the committee when he says in the introduction that new reablement approaches provide real hope for living more independently for longer and at lower public cost.'

A spokesperson said the Welsh Government would respond to the report in the near future.

See the full report by following the link on the National Assembly website.

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