Our population is getting older – testament to advances in medicine, technology and living standards over the last century. It is estimated that the number of people aged 60 and over in Scotland will increase by 27 percent by 2043 and those aged 80 plus will have increased by 77 percent.

While many people are living well in later life, ageing does increase the prevalence of conditions like dementia. There are currently around 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and this number is expected to increase significantly. Around two thirds of people with dementia are living at home, not in a specialist care home.

We know that the vast majority of people want to remain independent, living in their own home or in the community. That might mean staying in their current home with aids, adaptations and support if required, or a planned move to a different home that better suits their needs. For example, a more accessible or ground floor home or somewhere closer...