With the twin challenges of an ageing population and reduced availability of public funding, we need to change the way we deliver services to focus on those which help support independent living and prevent or reduce the need for more intensive services. This will not only achieve what older people want, but will also help us to make the best use of our limited resources.
This strategy proposes ways in which we can all help to realise the aspirations of enabling older people to live independently at home. It is aimed not only at those who are older now, but also at people preparing for retirement, who need to consider options for older age before they reach it. Our focus is on prevention and giving people the choices they need to live the best lives possible.