We want to help people to maintain health and independence for as long possible into older age and support them at the end of their lives.

We will develop our ‘Population Health Management’ (PHM) approach to identify and help people at greatest need. For example, working with Active Gloucestershire, older people who may be at risk of falls are now being offered earlier support with things like strength and balance classes or reviews of the medicines they are taking.

Our teams will help people to maintain their physical and mental wellbeing in older age, supporting them to manage conditions, like dementia and frailty, and remain independent at home for longer, for example through the Complex Care at Home or South Cotswold Frailty service.

Early diagnosis, improving understanding and working together to support people with dementia will be key priorities for Gloucestershire.

The Community Dementia Service provides short-term help to people and their families while they learn to manage the condition. The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Advisors maintain regular contact throughout an individual’s dementia journey, providing advice, support and signposting to people with dementia, their families and carers.

This can make a huge difference; giving people and their families the best chance to prepare and plan for the future and remain independent in their own home for as long as possible.

We will continue to expand the range of support available to people reaching the end of their lives to ensure that wherever possible people have a dignified death in the place of their choosing.