With hospitals coming under increasing pressure to discharge patients as quickly as possible, and the numbers of emergency re-admissions on the increase, Hanover Housing has launched a re-ablement care flat to help ease the transition for older people being discharged from hospital early in the Bradford area and to help prevent the risk of isolation.
Recent figures released by Age UK estimate that between January and December 2015 some 1.75 million hospital bed days were lost to the NHS due to a lack of social care provision across the country1. This has caused a substantial burden on local health budgets considering the NHS estimates hospitals stays cost around £400 per day.
For a fraction of the cost, Hanover – in partnership with Bradford City Council – has taken the step to make available a new flat at the organisation’s Dove Court property. It helps support the user to live independently in a purpose-built extra care housing development for up to eight weeks while their progress and care needs are being fully assessed by Adult Social Services.
The apartment comes complete with a double bed en-suite, kitchen facilities and users also benefit from the 24-hour on-site care team that can respond to emergency calls made using a pull cord alarm system or when activated via the resident’s personal safety pendant. In addition users have access to all of the estates communal facilities including a restaurant, hair salon and lounge where residents regularly take part in various leisure activities.
Tom Brown Regional Director North Region: said: “We are aware that hospital discharges can be challenging for older people, particularly when they do not have the necessary care and support at home. With access to Hanover’s 24 hours a day and seven days a week care team, coupled with on-site support at Dove Court, this new re-ablement flat is a truly cost effective alternative to longer hospital stays that can help reduce expensive readmissions and give greater peace of mind.”
Lyn Sowray, Assistant Director Bradford Council, said: “We are pleased to work with Hanover to offer another option for a person who cannot be supported in their own home, to recover from illness or an accident in a flat that offers 24 hour support as an alternative to spending time in a care home.”
In addition to supporting people as they make a full recovery, the new flat can also act as temporary accommodation for potential residents who wish to be accessed by social services or those who are looking to decide whether or not extra care housing is suitable for them.