The Ageing Well Network has established a working group which brings together many of the key people concerned about this issue from the health care and home care areas, and from the public and private sector.
The aim is to develop a new approach to supporting older people to remain in their own homes. This new approach will involve greater integration of health and social services as a way to improve effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery, particularly for older people with multiple needs and interactions with many professionals, services and organisations.
Such integration would improve continuity of care as well as client health and satisfaction, while reducing the use of costly resources, like hospitals and other institutions. The approach will involve a number of key features (see appendix 1). Under the proposed new approach:
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