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​New Apartments To Help Notts Patients Leave Hospital And Get Back On Their Feet

23rd November 2016

New Apartments To Help Notts Patients Leave Hospital And Get Back On Their Feet

Apartments that are designed to help get newly discharged older patients back on their feet to allow them to return home are set to be trialled by Nottinghamshire County Council to reduce the strain on under pressure local hospital beds.

The newly completed Poppy Fields extra care scheme in Mansfield features 48 extra care bungalows and apartments funded by the authority with 24 hour on- site care and support.  

12 of these apartments will be used to offer older people leaving hospital short-term intensive support and assessment, including personal care and occupational therapy for up to three weeks.

Similar support – known as assessment beds – has been in use in care homes in the county since 2011 and has helped with hospital discharges for patients needing more support before they go home and diverting them from long-term residential care.

In one location around 52 percent of service users returned home after a period of assessment with only 10 percent entering long-term residential care.

The pilot will expand a trial using self-contained apartments in a sheltered housing scheme which showed a real home setting can be a much better environment for people to regain their skills and confidence after being ill compared to a care home.

If the pilot scheme at Poppyfields is also successful, the plan is to develop similar schemes across the county.

Councillor Muriel Weisz, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Health Committee, said: “Assessment beds are an effective half-way house for patients needing more support after leaving hospital to help them to return home in the long-term or help them avoid a hospital admission if they are at risk.

“These beds help to reduce the number of discharged older patients going into long-term care and gives them the intensive support to help regain their independence, which is a win-win situation for all those involved.”

The Council plans to spend £5.8m on 54 assessment beds across the county from April 2017 to April 2020, which includes funding from the Better Care Fund to improve the ways adult social care and health services work together.

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