Author: Age NI
Published on 19 March 2013 04:30 PM
Anne O'Reilly, Age NI Chief Executive commented, 'The Minister’s statement today demonstrates that TYC is going in the right direction towards prevention, early intervention and a focus on supporting people to remain in their own homes.'
'It is imperative that the vision transfers into real and practical improvements in care for older individuals.'
'We also welcome the Minister’s assurances that Trusts will pay the difference in costs for top-up fees for individuals who will transfer to an alternative residential home. Successful transition will centre around the involvement of families and carers. It is important that individuals, who are affected by home closures, will have access to independent advocacy and that their voices are clearly heard. Carers must also be protected and supported through this process.'
‘There must be transparency around the resources that will be transferred from hospitals into the community, and how those resources will be used. Age NI will continue to play an active and constructive role to support, advocate and influence social care through commentary and engagement to ensure these changes take place.’