North-east fig­ures worst in coun­try

The Press and Journal (Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS SPECIAL -

The new Sue Ry­der re­port has ob­tained con­fir­ma­tion, through a free­dom of in­for­ma­tion re­quest, that nearly 200 peo­ple with se­ri­ous neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions in Aberdeen and Aberdeen­shire are liv­ing in care homes for older peo­ple.

The fig­ures are high­est in Aberdeen, with 102 peo­ple – of whom 22 are aged un­der 65 – placed in older peo­ple’s fa­cil­i­ties.

That is 44.4 per 100,000 in­hab­i­tants, the most of any area which pro­vided fig­ures.

In Aberdeen­shire there are 89 – 23 aged un­der 65 – which is 34 per 100,000, the third high­est.

Eli­nor Jayne, pol­icy and pub­lic care man­ager for Sue Ry­der, ar­gued it was time for an over­haul of gov­ern­ment and coun­cil strat­egy.

She said: “There is a huge need for spe­cial­ist neu­ro­log­i­cal care, whether it be at home or in care homes.

“We think the Scottish Gov­ern­ment needs to re­view what is avail­able across Scot­land to as­sess the best way for­ward with re­gard to res­i­den­tial care but it ap­pears to us that there is both a need for spe­cial­ist cen­tres such as Dee View Court in Aberdeen and also bet­ter spe­cial­ist sup­port for peo­ple with neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions who are in older peo­ple’s care homes.

“The whole pub­lic sec­tor is un­der huge pres­sure so in many ways it’s no sur­prise the NHS and in­te­gra­tion au­thor­i­ties are fo­cus­ing on tack­ling the big prob­lems such as older peo­ple’s care and try­ing to keep peo­ple out of hospi­tal.

“How­ever, peo­ple with neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions are at risk of fall­ing through the gap.”

The two coun­cils ad­mit­ted there were oc­ca­sions when they had no op­tion but to put in­di­vid­u­als with neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions into older peo­ple’s homes. Adam Cold­wells, chief of­fi­cer for Aberdeen­shire Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship, said: “We strive to en­sure peo­ple are placed in the most ap­pro­pri­ate set­ting. Where pos­si­ble, we pro­vide care to peo­ple in their own homes. On oc­ca­sions, we are re­quired to use care homes to pro­vide that ap­pro­pri­ate care. As much as pos­si­ble, this is a tem­po­rary sit­u­a­tion.”

An Aberdeen City Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship spokesman said: “We await the pub­li­ca­tion with in­ter­est and will re­view it in terms of how we con­fig­ure our ser­vices in the city.”

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