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Resident Survey - Services for Older People

 

The States has commissioned an independent review into current services for older people on the island and how needs may change in the future. As part of this, the views of residents are invited through completion of a short survey.

Why are we doing this?

The demographic changes facing Alderney are well documented. The population has declined over the last 10 years, but the proportion of older people is increasing. Life expectancy is also increasing which will bring greater pressures on public expenditure alongside a drop in tax revenues from a reducing working population.

Between 2015 and 2035, the number of people in Alderney aged 65 and over is projected to rise, with a significant increase in those aged over 85. In common with the other Channel Islands and the UK, this age group is predicted to have higher, more complex levels of support needs and is most likely to require specialist accommodation, care and support services.

In response to these challenges, the States of Guernsey is currently developing a Supported Living and Ageing Well Strategy (SLAWS) for all adults in the Bailiwick.  The initial report from this exercise is to be considered by the States of Guernsey in February 2016.

The report to be considered by the States of Guernsey recognises that Alderney has its own challenges and consequently, may require different solutions. Therefore, as part of the wider exercise, the States of Alderney is now taking the opportunity to undertake its own review of current services for older people on the island and how needs and demands may change in the future. This will contribute to the longer-term strategy for Alderney as part of the overall framework to be developed by the States of Guernsey.

The views of residents are an important part of this process and this short survey seeks to collect your views on:

  • Principles to support a strategy for older people in Alderney;

  • Current services for older people.

The survey is available on-line using the attached link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/X29LJL7

It has also been distributed to residents in paper copy via Age Concern. Copies are also available from the General Office in Island Hall. Please complete the survey on line or return a paper version to the General Office in Island Hall by 29 January 2016.

Any queries should be directed to laura.baines@gov.gg  (Phone 01481 823064) who will act as the States point of contact with the independent reviewers in order to provide you with a response.

 

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.