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13th December 2012

National Assembly committee issues report on residential care

The National Assembly's Health and Social Care Committee has issued a report today calling for a change in the way we care for older people - making their lives more stimulating and increasing their ability to lead independent lives.

Committee chairman Mark Drakeford said: "Considering care options for our later years can be an incredibly difficult process, as it is a recognition either of our own diminishing independence or that of those we love.

"Part of this process is to make information on all the available options as clear and simple as possible so that everyone involved in the process, including older people and their families, can make informed choices."

The report said that families need simple and accessible information about the options available for elderly relatives, noting that many elderly people who pay for their own care were unaware of the help available to them to continue to living at home rather than in residential care.

  • Read the BBC's report here
  • Read the Health and Social Care Committee's full report here

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