NHS to provide more care at home

Under pressureA recent report from the Audit Commission shows that older people who have the opportunity to be looked after in their own home if they want to are happier and there are less costs to the taxpayer.

There are already examples of how being innovative can have significant outcomes and save money – for example, for the cost of just one month’s care package, a home can be equipped with sensors and pagers to help a family look after a relative with dementia.

The report highlights the huge financial pressures councils face in the years ahead, but states that redesigning services and exploiting technology can make them better, more efficient and more personal. The report says most councils do not know enough about the costs of their ageing population. They may also miss the savings that could flow from preventive services and better work with other organisations.