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Shetland Islands top league of Councils in Scotland helping older people to live at home

CSP press release published on 28 February 2007

Physios call for greater investment in home care services

In the Shetland Islands, 142 out of every 1,000 people aged 65 and over receive help from their local authority to continue living at home, an analysis of official figures by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) reveals today. The Orkney Islands have the second highest number of people in Scotland helped by their council to live independently, with 117 out of every 1,000. Third is West Dunbartonshire with 114 out of every 1,000. But in Perth & Kinross only 41 out of every 1,000 people 65 and over receive help.

The Orkney Islands has the second highest number of people in Scotland helped by their local Council to live independently, with 117 out of every 1,000. Third is West Dunbartonshire with 114 out of every 1,000. But in Perth & Kinross only 41 out of every 1,000 people 65 and over receive help. Full Scotland league table is below

The CSP analysis of latest figures on Council provision of home care services for older people (see note 4) shows significant variations across the country. The CSP is applauding Councils that support people aged 65-plus with practical assistance to enable them to continue living at home. For full Scottish figures see table below.

Physiotherapists work closely with older people to help them maintain their independence and know that realising this aim depends on the joined-up provision of a full range of care home services. The CSP is calling on Councils to help greater numbers of older people stay independent.

CSP Chair of Council, Sarah Bazin, said: 'People nowadays are living longer and want to enjoy their later years. For many, that means being able to live at home and remain active in their community, rather than retiring to a costly residential setting.

'Physiotherapists play a key role in helping older people remain active and independent. But the lack of home care provision in some parts of the country is of great concern to the CSP and means that many are missing out on the opportunity to lead an independent life.

'The CSP wants to see local Councils making independent living a possibility for more older people by providing joined up care services to a greater number of people in the communities they serve.' Number of older people in Scotland, per 1000, helped to live at home
The table below shows the 2006 figures for Home Care Services in Scotland for Older People (aged 65+) helped to live at home per 1,000 older people. Source of data: Scottish Executive

rank
council
number

1
Shetland Islands
142

2
Orkney Islands
117

3
West Dunbartonshire
114

4
Eilean Siar
106

5
Fife
96

6
Glasgow City
87

7
Angus
83

8
Falkirk
80

9
Midlothian
78

10
Aberdeen City
77

10
Clackmannanshire
77

12
Moray
72

13
North Lanarkshire
72

14
East Ayrshire
71

15
Inverclyde
70

16
East Lothian
68

17
Edinburgh, City of
63

18
Dundee City
62

19
Highland
60

19
Scottish Borders
60

19
South Ayrshire
60

22
Dumfries & Galloway
57

22
West Lothian
57

24
East Renfrewshire
56

25
East Dunbartonshire
55

25
Renfrewshire
55

25
South Lanarkshire
55

28
Aberdeenshire
51

29
North Ayrshire
50

29
Stirling
50

31
Argyll & Bute
46

32
Perth & Kinross
41

 

On average, 69 out of every 1,000 persons over 65 in Scotland receive help from their local authority to continue living in their own homes.
The CSP's analysis is drawn from the recently published Local Authority Best Value Performance Indicators for 2005/6 compiled by the Audit Commission and published in its Local Government Compendium. Figures were supplied by Local Authorities to the Audit Commission.

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Notes to editors

  1. For more information please call Jennie Edmondson or Becky Darke in the CSP press office on 020 7306 6616 / 020 7306 6628 Mobiles: 07786 332 197 / 07900 160 349.
  2. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the UK's 47,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. Previous releases are available on this website.
  3. Local Authorities are obliged to conduct assessments of the needs of older people (and their carers) to enable them to stay in their homes, but each authority has discretion over eligibility rules and charges to service users. This might account for variations in the number of people helped to live at home.
  4. In addition to the services older people may receive from NHS health professionals such as physiotherapists, they can also receive 'home help' support from their local authority including services such as meals on wheels, help with shopping, washing, housework, adaptations to the home, and other practical assistance.
  5. According to the 2001 Census there were a total of 329,000 residents aged over 65 in nursing and care homes. In June 2006 'WHICH?' reported that care homes charge between £21,000 and £42,000 for a bed and care per annum. The average cost of residential and nursing care is £21,060. (Source: Social Services Performance Assessment Framework Indictor AO/B13).

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