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People are being asked their views on care of the elderly

Residents in a Berkshire town are being invited to have their say on the level of care and home support services they will receive as they grow older.
Reading Borough Council is to showcase its ideas and options for improving older people's services at a meeting.

It is estimated that by 2015 there could be 2,000 older people giving unpaid care to a partner or relative in the town, a council spokesman said.

The event will be held at the town hall on 6 March from 1000 to 1600 GMT.
"It's important people have that choice on when and where their care is provided "

Councillor Mike Orton
Reading Borough Council
The local authority is currently looking at various options to give people more choice in their future years and help plan for them earlier, the council spokesman added.

It hopes to "empower its residents to live independently in their own home for as long as possible" and ensure the provision of more housing specifically designed for older people who want to live at home or within a housing scheme which offers security and care when needed.

Mike Orton, lead councillor for community care, said: "Although many people are staying fitter and healthier for longer, it's inevitable some people will need care and support services.

"When the time comes, it's important people have that choice on when and where their care is provided so they feel in control of their lives.

'Most people tend to start thinking about care services when something happens to our parents, partner or friend."