Elderly care plan for Midlothian set out

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Partnerships will be key to Midlothian Council delivering services for the elderly in the coming years.

Last week the local authority heard that £1.2 million has been allocated to the Midlothian Community Care Partnership from the Scottish Government’s Change Fund to provide services through to 2014/15.

Councillors were advised that the Midlothian three year plan would be supplemented by existing budgets including £273,000 of resource transfer monies from NHS Lothian.

Eibhlin McHugh, acting communities and wellbeing director, explained the plan would focus on five key areas including early intervention and support at home.

As recommended by the government, there would also be an increasing emphasis on carers. This would result in the formation of an innovation fund, which local voluntary organisations could access, and a carers’ support worker would be employed to assist carers around hospital discharge.

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