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Wales’ five-year ageing plan prioritises ‘step-down’ over residential care

A review of funding for social care will aim to reduce admissions to care homes, the Welsh Government has said in its Strategy for an ageing society: delivery plan.

Among the plan’s four aims is the five-year pledge to invest in intermediate care settings such as extra care flats and re-enablement ‘step down’ accommodation to prevent admission to a residential care setting.

There is also a promise to review social care funding.

The plan has four main aims:

  • Enhance wellbeing
  • Improve local services and environments
  • Build and retain people’s own capability
  • Tackle age related poverty.


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