Welsh Government funding home care scheme for the elderly

Elderly people in Wales may be able to stay living in their own homes for longer, after £4.67m in funding has been awarded to Care & Repair services across Wales by the Welsh Government.

The Care & Repair service helps older people to live in their own home comfortably and independently, by helping with repairs, improvements and adaptations for safer living.

Announcing the funding, the Minister for Housing Regeneration and Heritage, Huw Lewis said: “Care & Repair provides a valuable service which allows vulnerable older people across Wales to continue living safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible. Simple adaptations to a person’s home, such as grab rails or adding improved steps can have a huge impact on their quality of life.

“Recent research has shown that every £1 spent on Care & Repair saves the tax payer £7.50 in NHS and Social Care costs, so spending money on services like this also makes financial sense, especially in these difficult times.”

“The Welsh Government remains committed to improving the lives of older people by ensuring that they are able to live independently for as long as they choose. People are living longer and should also be able to enjoy a decent quality of life. This funding also helps older people return to their own homes sooner after spending time in hospital and is an example of how the Welsh Government is working to improve the care for patients and tackle delayed transfers of care.”