Information on home care servics has been collected by the Scottish Executive since the 1980's by means of an annual census. The census covers all home care services provided or purchased by Scottish Local Authorities.
An aggregated table return for the home care statistical collection was introduced in 1998, called the H1. Local authorities were asked to provide details of all home care services provided by their own staff, and in addition, services bought in from other local authorities, and private / voluntary organisations. Information on client age, for level and type of service was introduced to the collection in 2005.
The information collected in the home care census has been reviewed by the Home Care review group. A revised home care statistical collection was introduced in March 2010 which collects information on an individual basis for each home care client receiving home help services, meals services and community alarm / telecare services. Further information is available from https://www.scotxed.net/homecare/default.aspx.
Data were collected with respect to the last week in March, this is normally the week which includes 31st March, for 2010 it was the week which includes 24th March.