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9th December 2015

How we can help if mum or dad is stuck in hospital

The NHS is already feeling its seasonal winter strain, with increasing delays in discharging patients.  Meanwhile a charity has found that 41% of over 75s who were readmitted to hospital last year did not have the support they needed at home when they were initially discharged.  The good news is that our expert home care services can help your elderly relative get back to the comfort of their own home – and help them recuperate successfully to minimise the risk of further complications.

A&E waiting times are already going up and operations are being cancelled, in large part due to delays in discharging patients.  Even though 76% of hospitals have invested in more acute beds in anticipation of the hike in winter demand, many are still reporting a shortage, partly due to problems discharging patients.  Research by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine found that in the six weeks following 2nd October 2015, one in five acute beds was tied up due to transfer delays.  The report expects these delays will get worse as the winter progresses, based on the experience of previous years: ‘These delays in provision and community social care rose significantly over the winter months.’

Meanwhile, research by the Royal Voluntary Service in association with the King’s Fund, has found that families are struggling to support elderly relatives coming out of hospital.  They found that:

  • 38% of over 75s returned home from hospital in 2014
  • 15% said they felt anxious when they returned home
  • 13% were readmitted to hospital within 3 months
  • Of those who were readmitted, 41% had not received the support they needed at home when they were initially discharged

Having the right support is essential to get an elderly patient home and to help them recuperate successfully, to minimise the risk of further complications.  Many families do a great job looking after their elderly relative, but if you live too far away or don’t have the time, our expert home care team can provide the vital support your relative needs to help them transition from hospital to home and help them to recuperate.

We will assess their needs and create a tailored care plan, which we review and adapt as they recover.  What’s more our expert home carers will encourage them to do as much as they can for themselves to help them regain their independence.

To find out more about our home from hospital care

in the Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks areas,

call 01892 529429 or request a callback.