Conference focuses on elderly care

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A CONFERENCE on caring for Scotland’s growing elderly population is being held in the Capital today.

Delegates will hear calls from the Care Inspectorate to involve the elderly and vulnerable in making key decisions about the support they receive.

The independent watchdog is expected to say that a greater emphasis should be placed on an approach known as “involvement” in which people who use care homes and other services are properly engaged with.

Chief executive Annette 
Bruton said: “Scotland, like many countries, faces a growing population of older people.

“More people will need support to live out their older days in dignity.”

She added: “In the coming decades, my sense is that we will see many more care-at-home services.

“That poses new challenges for involving people – and new challenges for delivery partners and regulators to ensure quality – which will be unmet unless involvement is at the heart of the agenda.”