New deal for OAP housing

DIGNITY and respect are the key words for Glasgow’s older population living in their own homes, a new strategy stresses.

A blueprint looking ten years into the future is being considered by Scottish government ministers and Cosla.

The numbers of households in the city headed by someone aged 75 and over is projected to increase by 23 per cent to 35,080 by 2033.

The Older People’s Housing Strategy highlights the importance of supporting people to remain at home independently for as long as possible, rather than moving them prematurely or inappropriately to care homes or hospitals.

It will also promote a range of housing and support services — allowing older people to select services that are best for them.

Housing minister Keith Brown said: “The hallmark of a civilised nation is the way it treats its older citizens.

“Glasgow’s older people have made, and continue to make, an invaluable contribution to our society.

“They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect in their old age.

“This national strategy sets out our vision for housing and support for older people along with a framework for delivery.

“Against this demographic backdrop we face the most challenging financial situation since devolution, with a cut of 12% in real terms to the Scottish government’s budget — and 32% in the capital budget by 2014-15”.

Councillor Harry McGuigan, the Cosla spokesman for housing, said: “We are delighted to launch this joint strategy with the Scottish government.

“We have long put forward that we need to see the huge value in older people in our society and listen to their views and concerns”.

A spokesperson for Age Scotland said: “Age Scotland is proud to be associated with this strategy, which we believe has tremendous potential to have a positive impact on older people.

“From the focus on preventative support to the need for comprehensive information and advice, the strategy addresses each of the key areas in which change is necessary if we are to achieve our shared ambitions of enabling older people to remain at home for as long as possible and as active citizens within their communities”.