Royal Voluntary Service Campaign to Support Elderly Home from Hospital

Sunday, 02nd November 2014

Published 02 November 2014.

The Royal Voluntary Service has today launched a campaign to help improve the support for elderly people when they get home from hospital.

There are over 5 million people aged 75 years+ in Britain today of whom 2.3 million are estimated to live alone. During 2014, hospital admissions amongst this age group were up 4 times with 38% of people aged 75+ years returning home from hospital (vs. only 10% in 2004). Of these people, over 300,000 were re-admitted to hospital within 3 months and it is estimated that 125,000 people did not receive the support they needed at discharge implying that many re-admissions could have been prevented.

Elderly people can be especially vulnerable following a stay in hospital and both emotional and practical support is therefore even more important at this time to help people settle back at home, rebuild confidence and independence and ensure that isolation and loneliness are reduced. It is estimated that if elderly people are given appropriate support during the ‘home from hospital’ phase there could be an annual saving of over £40 million to the NHS.

In today’s report the Royal Voluntary Service has developed the six ‘Essentials’ it believes every elderly person should be entitled to experience when they leave hospital:

  1. Every older person should be told the plan for their return from the hospital
  2. Every person should be accompanied home before 10pm from hospital unless their preference is different
  3. Every older person needs to be able to collect their prescriptions and get to follow up appointments for a speedy recovery after a stay in hospital
  4. Every older person should come home from a hospital to a warm, well-lit house with someone asking how they are
  5. Every older person should know they’ll have help to get some shopping in and won’t have to sit hungry after a stay in a hospital
  6. Every older person should have a friendly face to turn to for help after a stay in hospital

At Carefound Home Care in North Yorkshire we offer a home from hospital service in Harrogate, Ripon,Wetherby and North Leeds to ensure that elderly people and their families have appropriate support following a hospital discharge. This may include anything from basic domestic support, companionship, personal care, medication help through to supporting people with more complex conditions such as dementia. The flexible service can be arranged at short notice and is available from 1 hour to 24 hours per day, 365 days a year, on both an hourly or 24-hour live in care basis.

Source: Royal Voluntary Service.

Carefound Home Care is a provider of specialist home care and dementia care services to elderly people in Yorkshire, enabling clients to continue to live independently in the comfort of their own home whilst maintaining the highest quality of life achievable. Services can include anything from basic domestic support, companionship, personal care, medication help through to supporting people with more complex conditions such as dementia. The flexible service is available from 1 hour to 24 hours per day, 365 days a year, on both an hourly or 24-hour live in care basis.

To contact Carefound Home Care in Harrogate call: 01423 774070, for Ripon call: 01765 530000, for Wetherby call: 01937 220200. For additional information please visit: www.carefound.co.uk.