YEP Says, May 23: Home comforts for elderly must not rely on sheer goodwill

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Government must support community care for older people

TRYING to make sure that elderly people can stay in the communities they know best is a sensible policy.

These are the places where they feel comfortable and with which they are most familiar. When they are forced to move away from them they can end up feeling disoriented and fearful.

But being able to stay on familiar ground won’t be of all that much benefit to them if there isn’t the support available that they need.

One of the biggest killers of older people is loneliness. When mobility problems mean people struggle to get out of their own homes, it’s vital that there is a support network around them to ensure they don’t become isolated.

It’s why the move towards a policy of putting control over services for older people back into the hands of local organisations is to be welcomed.

The city’s Local Links service acts as a one-stop shop for pensioners who need help, getting a variety of organisations – whether they be state-run, private or charities – on board.

With people living longer there is a need to change the way that services for the elderly are provided – not least given the pressures brought by the increase in dementia and other health problems.

If this is to be successful, however, the tireless work of volunteers should not be relied upon to make up for any shortfall in the level of state funding that is needed.

Yorkshire in full bloom for Tour’s arrival

THE region received an early reward for its vision and ambition in hosting the Tour de France’s Grand Depart when the Tour de Yorkshire garden picked up a silver award at this week’s Chelsea Flower Show.

In its tireless campaign to ensure that all are fully informed of the imminent arrival of world cycling’s elite, Welcome to Yorkshire rightly identified the flower show as a key marketing opportunity.

It was equally typical of the tourism organisation’s commitment to excellence that the garden has been such a success – a precursor, no doubt, to the true flowering of Yorkshire’s glory which will arrive in only a few weeks’ time.

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