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£8.8m scheme to help elderly

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

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CASH has been pledged to help older people remain independent and in their own homes.

Welsh Deputy Minister for Social Services Gwenda Thomas has unveiled the multi-million pound package of investment in services for the elderly.

The care boost will lead to a series of intermediate care services being delivered across Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Powys.

A total of £8.8 million has been awarded from the Welsh Government's £50 million intermediate care fund (ICF) to work with partners from health, housing along with voluntary sectors.

Mrs Thomas said: "The £8.8 million that's been awarded to more than 70 projects across Mid and West Wales will provide an excellent opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of older people.

"The investment will enable health, housing and social services, along with the third and independent sectors, to work together on some very innovative projects to support older people to maintain their independence and remain in their own home."

The investment will fund a number of proposals region-wide, including improving therapy input into services along with linked up transport from hospital along with home-based mobility support to prevent hospital admissions.

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