CIH backs calls from Health Select Committee to treat elderly as ‘human beings’
The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) backs calls from a group of MPs for an integrated health care system for the elderly, who make up 50 per cent of the UK’s social housing tenants.
The Health Select Committee report - published today – says the quality of life of up to 800,000 elderly people is being ‘diminished’ by cuts to social care and fragmented services.
The report makes it clear that the key to offering a better quality of life to older people is in providing joined up services to prevent them being “passed like parcels” between care agencies.
Domini Gunn, CIH's director of public health and vulnerable communities, says the professional body is committed to supporting local authorities to maximise the benefit of their work for local communities and the individuals within them.
She said: “Our priority is to increase the development of joint working and services that address the priorities for health and wellbeing in local communities.
“This includes developing effective housing and community-based solutions that prevent increased ill health and more intensive health and social care interventions.
“At present, all public services face a significantly constrained financial settlement within which professionals in all three sectors will have to deliver more for less and take difficult decisions about local priorities.
“Within this context, it will not be sufficient to carry on doing less of the same, and so a new approach to delivering vital local services is needed. This may provide an opportunity for health and social care in particular to look at how they, through stronger partnerships with local housing authorities and their provider partners, can achieve a significant shift to prevention of ill health and the maintenance of on going good health, wellbeing and social inclusion.”
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