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'Care in the home' scheme helping patients regain their independence after time in hospital

February 26, 2013

'Care in the home' scheme helping patients regain their independence after time in hospital

The Home from Hospital team from Carers' Resource with BTH matrons and assistant chief nurse Shelley Bailey (second right. back row)

 

A project designed to ease people back into home life after a spell in hospital has been launched at Bradford Teaching Hospitals.

Carers’ Resource’s Home from Hospital project helps with everything from benefits guidance and restarting any home care, to making sure that houses are safe and that gas, electric and water supplies are in working order.

Assistant chief nurse, Shelley Bailey, said: “Going home from hospital can be a daunting prospect for some people, especially elderly people who live alone, so we welcome anything that will ease this transition and help give them back their independence.

“The scheme being offered by Carers’ Resource to patients at our hospitals means that nobody should have to arrive home to a cold, dark, empty house on their own – instead they will get the support that will enable them to feel more confident and comfortable about being back home.

“We are delighted that Carers’ Resource has launched this new scheme for our patients and we hope that this new partnership will continue to flourish.”

Healthcare managers also hope the new scheme will lead to a reduction in a patient’s length of hospital stay and avoid re-admissions by supporting patients through well-planned discharges. The scheme is open to patients, many of whom who will have complex needs, who live alone or are in a carer relationship.

Alongside volunteers making home visits and telephone calls on behalf of and to the patient, Carers’ Resource will also provide conversation, companionship and practical help.

The service will be provided from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and can include emotional support to help the service user gain confidence, help with housework and shopping.

“We work with the patient to ask what they would like us to achieve for them,” said Carers’ Resource Home from Hospital manager, Shelley Marshall. “Sometimes they are socially isolated or need a bit more support than family members are able to provide.

“This could mean helping with shopping, getting prescriptions reviewed, applying for benefits or assessing nutritional needs.

 “The hospital appreciates our flexibility to be able to respond to these requests and patients appreciate being able to keep their independence.”

Carers’ Resource staff will work closely with nurses at the BRI, St Luke’s and the Foundation Trust’s four community hospitals. The scheme is available to patients for up to six weeks from discharge.

For more information please contact Shelley Marshall, Home from Hospital manager on 01274 531 377 or email smarshall@caersresiurce.org.

 

 

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