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Older People's Plan-

Significant progress has been made over the past decade in developing a range of community-based services that enable very frail or vulnerable people to be cared for in the community.

However, the growth in Medway's older population and a reduction in residential care spaces means the council needs to change the way services are provided.  

That includes increasing the involvement of older people; working more closely with organisations and agencies responsible for providing services; and greater emphasis on promoting the health and wellbeing of older people.

A strategy document Positive Ageing in Medway - the Older People Strategic Plan and Joint Commissioning Strategy for Health and Social Care 2010-13, helps ensure that all older people in Medway have the same access to services. It is a joint strategy, produced by the council and NHS Medway, setting the direction for working together with and for older people.

It sets out how Medway Council and NHS Medway will take a more strategic and joined-up approach to commissioning services for older people in Medway. The strategy allows key commissioning intentions to be set out clearly and in one place. These intentions have been developed from analysis of local needs and crucially, the feedback and involvement of local stakeholders, including older people themselves and their carers.