Care & Repair Hospital to Home Service - I’m a Patient, get me out of here!

Care & Repair Cymru is pleased to announce that we are part of the collaborative commissioned initiatives between Welsh Government, local health boards and third sector organisations to make a positive impact for people this winter.

Care & Repair Agencies working in 6 of the 7 Local Health Board areas will be providing services directly out of 11 hospitals in Wales, as well as our existing and well-established service in Bridgend’s Princess of Wales hospital.

With our highly skilled, experienced and trusted Caseworkers working directly with patients and clinical teams on wards, we are having much earlier conversations about improvements needed to a patient’s home to enable them to be discharged safely and as quickly as possible. Backed by our qualified Technical Officers and Home Improvement teams getting home improvement and adaptations done quickly will have a big impact on getting more older people out of hospital quickly and improving how patients flow through hospitals.

Talking about the service, Chris Jones, Chief Executive of Care & Repair Cymru said: “The recent snow, ice and cold weather brings home the plight of older people who end up in ambulances, accident and emergency departments, and being admitted to hospital because of the impact of the cold on their health. Major problems are trips and falls on ice leading to fractures, or acute respiratory and circulatory illness brought on or exacerbated by living in cold homes. Some 400,000 older people in Wales are classed as fuel poor and struggle financially to heat their homes adequately. Every year thousands literally die in the winter from cold homes.

“An older person’s home has a huge impact on their health. Preventing falls, keeping them safe and warm, and when the worst happens, making sure they have a safe and warm home to return to following a hospital stay are crucial things provided by Care & Repair. You could say that we are the property doctor for the NHS. Once a patient is medically fit to leave hospital, we can make sure that they return to a home that is fit for them to be discharged to reduces the chances of them being admitted to hospital again”.

The Hospital to Home scheme will focus on improving the quality of housing to support reductions in delayed transfers of care as well as reduced admission and readmission rates.

Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething, said: “This scheme improves housing quality for patients to support reductions in delayed transfers of care, prevent admission and reduce readmissions to hospitals. These are all positive steps to relieve pressure on Emergency departments, which. is particularly important during the winter months to alleviate pressure on the NHS.

“Collaboration with the third sector to deliver care closer to home is a key part of A Healthier Wales –the Welsh Government’slong-term Plan for Health and Social Care.”