EDITOR’S COMMENT: Joined-up thinking on the elderly

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There’s a ticking tomebomb in the UK – and Suffolk is at the very centre of its fallout zone.

The county has the highest proportion of elderly people in residential care anywhere in the UK and the highest percentage of people likely to develop dementia in later life.

Those figures give the decision makers in the county a real headache and present all of us with a challenge in how we help to finance the issue going forward.

Care UK’s Chris Hopkinson gives us a progress report in today’s Bury Free Press (page 14) after a year running the county’s residential homes. Whatever your views on the private sector vs the public, his vision seems to have the care of patients at its heart and he is anticipating the knock-on effects of an ageing population with a robust plan.

“Care now is far more person-centred,” he told us this week.

That’s a relief for all of us with relatives who may need to make use of the service in the not-too-distant future and demonstrates joined-up thinking which should be applauded.

>Barry Peters, Editor