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PO encourages rehabilitation of care homes

Speaking about the new commission into care homes, Alan Innes explains he is encouraged that the rehabiliation of care homes is being conducted in such a positive manner 

Alan Innes

Partner and Head of Private Client Services Edinburgh

I welcome the announcement of a new, year-long commission into residential care for the elderly led by former minister for care, Paul Burstow.

I am encouraged by its fresh approach and pleased something is being done to rehabilitate the reputation of care in later years in such a positive manner.

Burstow’s plan to investigate how older people can be provided a range of housing options is a necessary measure to ensure people know they have choices and are able to take a degree of control over their future.

As a specialist in later years planning, I also support his aim to try and change the perception of care homes. The thought of having to leave your home does not have to be one that instils feelings of anxiety rather it is important people realise this can and should be a time of dignity and comfort.

One way of ensuring people feel confident about their future is by preparing in advance what type of environment they wish to live in and where. Getting ready for our later years can start at any time. As Burstow says himself, “the goal must be to provide a real housing choice later in life rather than a fire sale as things start to fall apart”.

I share the commission’s ambition and look forward to hearing the results in the next 12 months

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