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Stress for people going into care must be reduced, says Welsh Assembly report

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

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WALES needs to re-examine its approach to caring for older people, according to a new government report.

The National Assembly's Health and Social Care Committee is calling for a further reduction in the use of residential care as a default choice, building on the actions taken by the Welsh Government to shift services towards more community-based options.

It also said everything possible must be done to reduce the stress faced by people making difficult decisions regarding either their own care or the care of loved ones.

Committee chairman Mark Drakeford said: "Part of this process is to make information on all the available options as clear and simple as possible so that everyone involved in the process, including older people and their families, can make informed choices.

"We also believe that more could and should be done to reduce our reliance on residential care."

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