A refreshed joint strategy from the SNP Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA), which champions independent living for older people within their community, has been launched.
Announcing ‘Age, Home and Community’ at a meeting in Edinburgh with members from Age Scotland network groups, Housing Minister Kevin Stewart MSP said:
“When we published our original joint strategy seven years ago, we set out a vision to make housing and related support work well for older people.
“Alongside COSLA and partners in the health, housing and third sectors, we have reviewed and updated our action plan to better reflect the needs and aspirations of older people, addressing the issues of isolation and loneliness while improving access to suitable housing.
“Having the right advice, the right home and the right support will enable older people to live independently for as long as they choose to do so. Our new joint strategy will support that vision.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP added:
“As someone who consistently campaigns against loneliness and social isolation, I welcome the publication of the updated Age, Home and Community strategy.
“Independent living is one of the SNP’s flagship policies and while the first phase has benefitted many, improving people’s ability to do this safely and for extended periods, there is more work to be done.
“The updated strategy will improve the way people across North Ayrshire and across Scotland are able to find and remain in suitable housing for as long as possible whilst dealing with loneliness, dementia and social isolation.”