Angus Health & Social Care Partnership is responsible for the delivery of social care and community based health services for all adults in Angus.
We believe that everyone has the right to live a long and healthy life and to be supported to live at home when it is safe to do so. We are committed to ensuring people receive person-centred care with an emphasis on prevention and anticipation. We know that we cannot do this on our own. The biggest difference in health and social care will come from the things that we can do for ourselves by taking control of our own health and wellbeing.
Angus has a population of 116,000. Over the next three years the population of Angus ui expected to grow slightly however the proportion of that population who are aged over 75 years is expected to grow by a further by 20% (more than 1,000 people over 75) to nearly 13,000 people.
It is clear, therefore, that many thousands of people in Angus could benefit from “starting the conversation” about power of attorney now with their loved-ones, to ensure their wishes are respected if they find they can no longer make welfare or financial decisions for themselves.
Making plans when you’re healthy means there is less to think about if you get sick. It is never too soon to think about what you would like to happen if you become ill, or if your illness gets worse. There are certain practical steps that everyone should take when thinking about planning for the future and arranging a Power of Attorney is one of these. Planning ahead in this way will make the financial, legal and practical consequences of illness for families much easier to deal with.
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Improving health, wellbeing and independence is a strategic priority for Angus Health and Social Care Partnership. As part of our ambition for people to take more responsibility for their own health and care we are committed to ensuring that everyone who requires to have an anticipatory care plan will have one. We are encouraging our whole Health and Social Care team to use the Anticipatory Care Toolkit – Let’s think ahead. An important part of the Anticipatory Care Planning is the Anticipatory Care Plan (ACP) which includes, for example, Power of Attorney, Emergency Care Planning for Carers, Advanced Directive. These documents help people identify how they wish to be cared for should their needs increase or their circumstances change in the future.
Alzheimer Scotland provides a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers. We offer personalised support services, community activities, information and advice, at every stage of the dementia journey.
Legal aid is help towards the costs of legal advice and representation, for those who qualify. It is designed to help individuals on low and modest incomes gain access to the legal system.
Find out more at www.slab.org.uk
The Office of the Public Guardian supports and advises those assisting someone with mental incapacity. They can be contacted on 01324 678300. Their website offers a lot of helpful information.
Solicitors for Older People Scotland (SOPS) is a group of solicitors dedicated to providing legal services to older and vulnerable people in a caring way. SOPS members are committed to providing Power of Attorney under the Legal Aid scheme to clients who qualify.
Find out more at www.sops.org.uk