National is working to look after our elderly citizens.  In 2010/11, health boards spent $144 million more on older people than in 2008/09.  This means a total of $191 million more is being spent on services such as aged residential care, home support and support for carers.

Annual spending on aged residential care has increased by $130 million with $10 million of this for new dementia beds.   We are also making the national minimum standard for the quality of care for home and community support providers mandatory.