A Yeovil-based specialist dementia-care home has entered into a pilot with Yeovil Hospital in a new initiative to help further improve patient discharge from the hospital’s acute wards.
Acacia Nursing Home on Hendford Hill, run by Camelot Care, is working with the Trust on a three month pilot to use six beds for patients who are medically fit for discharge, but are unable to return to their normal place of residence.
Patients will be cared for in Acacia Nursing Home’s dementia friendly environment for up to 28 days. They will be supported and assessed by specialist staff who will work to find the most suitable placement or package of care for their ongoing needs.
Pauline Purnell, who manages the team at Acacia Nursing Home, said: “Our early involvement eliminates the need for unnecessarily long stays in hospital whilst these vulnerable people wait for assessment.
“It is so much better for their mental well-being if they can be looked after in a dementia-friendly environment such as ours.
“When they come to stay with us, our temporary guests are treated just like our long-term residents. They are able to join in with the activities we run, as well as enjoying communal meals if that’s what they like to do.
“We have agreed guidelines with Yeovil Hospital which guarantee we’ll be able to give the best possible welcome to each of our new guests under this scheme, ensuring we can give each newcomer the smooth and unhurried reception and settling-in period they deserve.”