Ageing population prompts new care services strategy

Calum Campbell

Calum Campbell

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WITH the Borders’ population of over-75s expected to double in the next 25 years, the council and NHS Borders have examined what this could mean for services.

The two organisations, in collaboration with Scottish Care and the Borders Voluntary Community Care Forum, have developed the Older People’s Joint Commissioning Strategy in consultation with service users and carers.

Calum Campbell, chief executive of NHS Borders, said: “The strategy is the start of a necessary future plan for all of the elderly population of the Borders.

“We have to start planning now so our services will be able to rise to the demands of the future. This means how our services will be available and what changes are going to have to be made.

“We are committed to working closely alongside older people to achieve this and our partners in the council and independent and voluntary sectors to find the right solutions.”

The council and NHS Borders are looking for people’s views on the strategy. Drop-in sessions and visits to local groups to discuss the strategy are planned.