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From hospital to home care support

From hospital to home care support
Date published: 24 July 2023 Author: Zoe Armbrust Categories:

When a family member is discharged from hospital, they need time to recover and the right level of respite care in place. Bridging the gap from hospital to home care support could mean that your loved one doesn’t have to go into a care home.

During the summer months, people often go away, and this puts pressure on families who are already struggling to care for older or vulnerable people. It’s important to have someone available to care for a family member or a friend recovering from a hospital stay. If you are going on holiday, a qualified, trained and experienced carer will give you peace of mind.

Post-operative and respite care at home

When someone has had a fall, illness or surgery, they are likely to need temporary care after their hospital stay. This type of short-term care is also known as “aftercare” and might involve some level of rehabilitation and medication.

Older people who have had a fall might need physiotherapy to help them regain strength in their legs. It’s crucial for this type of therapy to happen regularly to avoid any muscle wastage. When someone is recovering from an illness or accident that’s affected their upper body, they might need help with daily activities like bathing and cooking meals.

People are sometimes discharged into a care home to recover from their condition or injuries, but this does not necessarily have to be the case. Instead of going into a care home, it’s far better for people’s wellbeing if they can receive care at home. With the right support, your family member or friend can recover in the comfort of their own home.

Getting back to baseline

One important aspect of someone’s recovery is getting back to their normal baseline in terms of health and fitness. Obviously, this will depend on the nature of the hospital stay and the person’s existing health. Everyone has their own baseline, and this will need to be assessed.

In many cases, the NHS will provide a limited amount of care for one to two weeks after discharge from a hospital stay. Some people qualify for six weeks’ free care, but as health services are strained, they’re unlikely to get a choice in terms of visit timings.

When NHS “reablement care” stops, many people are still in recovery and require extra assistance. At this point, you will be expected to pay for your care, but you might only need a couple of hours a day for a short while to help with basic tasks. After a few weeks and once you start to recover, you might only need a short visit once a day or twice a week.
Flexible hourly home care takes the pressure off your family by looking after your loved one, when they are recovering from a hospital stay. Promedica24 provides an hourly home care service in Blaby and Lutterworth, South Leicestershire.

Do you need short-term care for a family member or a friend, who’s either recently been discharged or due to come out of hospital?

For more details, please email Lisa Colver: L.Colver@promedica24.co.uk

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