Guernsey strategy looks at quality of life for elderly

Plans for improving the quality of life for elderly people in Guernsey will be explored by the island's government.

The Health and Social Services Department has said it wants to ensure people are allowed to remain independent for as long as possible.

It said it would work with other States departments and produce a report on the matter later this year.

Concerns were raised in March over the financial pressure an ageing population would put on services in the island.

At the time the States' economist, Dr Andy Sloan, said a doubling of the number of elderly people in Guernsey could result in a 15-20% increase in the cost of public services.

Speaking about the latest plans, Stephen Langford, chief officer of the Housing Department, said the current system of dealing with elderly people was costly.

He said: "Because we've got some shortfalls... far too many people are having to move into residential homes than probably would wish to do so.

"They've said very, very clearly that they want to live in their own homes as independently as possible."

Meanwhile Selena Le Page, the strategy and policy officer for Health and Social Services, said there was plenty of time to prepare for a change in demographics locally, and that work was already under way to combat any problems that could arise.

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