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CARE NEEDS


FOR THE FUTURE - BUILDING A COMMUNITY By Alaistair Jerrom-Smith, Director, LV Care Group


Leading, local providers of care services, LV Care Group, discuss how we can make sure that quality residential care is sustainable in an ageing population.


Jersey faces substantial pressure from demographic change. It is predicted that between 2010 and 2040 the numbers of residents over 65 will rise by 95%, creating a huge surge in the demand for residential care and other health and social services. The current numbers of beds available will not support this increased demand. As our population ages, more thought needs to be given to how we can integrate the new and existing care facilities, to ensure that they play an active part in the community and that both residents and the general public gain from the relationship. The industry needs to innovate its services now to ensure quality care that is sustainable in line with our growing elderly population.


It is possible to simply list the numerous things needed to increase capacity in residential care; more beds, more qualified care professionals, more homecare, but this does not focus on the sustainability of quality care for more complex needs. More people are choosing to remain in their own home for as long as possible


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and so it is perhaps inevitable that those moving to residential care will tend to have the most complex requirements. The boundaries of residential care and the services it should offer are becoming increasingly blurred. Subsequently, residential care homes need to become more flexible and work with individuals in order to provide more personalised plans and assessments that ensure care is provided with the individual circumstances in mind. It is no longer an option to generalise needs and assume that one size fits all.


It is better to adopt a more holistic approach. Sometimes people can become too focused on treating a condition and don’t consider the individual as a whole. The demographic of elderly people will soon be too large to be hidden away; it must be integrated and celebrated. The side effects of a disconnected life are serious and can be genuinely physically and emotionally damaging. It is important for care homes to meet people’s needs with the utmost dignity and respect, in a manner that is best for


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