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Services for older people will be the focus for Marlborough Area Board next month (1 November 2011).
All are welcome to attend the meeting which will take place at Marlborough Town Hall on November 1. It starts at 7pm with light refreshments available from 6.30pm.
People will be able to find out more about the council’s Help to Live at Home service which will improve services to support older and vulnerable people in their homes.
Conservative Wiltshire Council has listened to the needs of older residents who said they want to be able to live at home for as long as possible. They also want one provider of care rather than the current system of services from multiple agencies.
There will be information about plans to build new accommodation for older people over the next 10 years to cater for the aging population. The Older People’s Accommodation Strategy is looking at the future to ensure right accommodation for older people is available in the right areas.
This is very important, as the number of older people in the Marlborough community area set to increase by 50 percent by 2025 and the number of people aged over 85 due to increase by 79 percent.
Cabinet member for adult care services, John Thomson will be attending and on hand to answer questions on what’s on the council agenda affecting older people.
Chair of Marlborough Area Board, Chris Humphries, said:
“I am very pleased the area board is engaging with older people groups in the community. As well as older people, I would encourage carers and those who are planning for their retirement to attend also. As an older person myself I appreciate how life changes and that it is most important that we plan for the future. A lot of useful information will be provided to make sure the older people of Marlborough are aware of the council’s plans that directly affect them “