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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 November 2005, 12:27 GMT
Boost for elderly community care
elderly man
The scheme aims to help older people live at home
A scheme to help older people live independently for as long as possible has received 2m.

Northumberland County Council together with Northumberland Care Trust and a number of other organisations are one of 19 schemes to be awarded funding.

The Northumberland Fishnets project will bring together schemes to prevent accidents and falls, a handyman service and fitness schemes.

Older people are also being urged to get involved in running the project.

Fishnets, which stands for Fitness, Involvement, Safety and Health Networks, will build on the success of existing local schemes.

'Major impact'

Council executive member for health and well being, councillor Tony Reid said: "This supports our aim to change services for older people to offer more help and services in the community.

"Older people have told us that they want to live independently for as long as possible.

"Too many older people are being admitted to hospital, often as an emergency, and then into long term care, when this could be avoided if the right community services were in place at the right time."

Organisers said the scheme is an opportunity for older people to have an influence on health and wellbeing issues.

Northumberland Care Trust director of social care Chris Taylor said: "Fishnets aims to make a major impact on improving quality of life for older people across the county - increasing the number of people who can be helped to live at home, while reducing the need for emergency hospital treatment."

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