However encouraging it might be that so many people are benefiting from the Scottish Government's "fully committed" promise of free personal care, is the increase in the ageing population having an adverse affect on the standard of care being offered?
Maintaining an independent life for as long as possible by pursing interests, skills, and maintaining an active life is proven to have a positive impact on the health of an individual, and this goes hand in hand with receiving care (however small) in their own home. Free personal care comes in many forms, from personal hygiene, preparation of food, psychological support, assistance with medication, nail care….and the list goes on.
On the other side of things, there are just under 31,000 people who reside in care homes, and over two-thirds receive help through public funding.
There is no denying that the service that the Scottish Government has introduced directly improves lives; the only question that remains is what adjustments will be made to support the NHS and ensure the level of care remains at an acceptable level.