Case studies of health and housing links
Reducing delayed transfer of care and making hospital discharge more efficient is a high priority for the NHS.
Here is a short summary of the cost benefits identified in an evaluation of West of England Care & Repair’s Dolphin charity funded initiative to speed up discharge through small grants linked to their services.
Here are some case studies of local agencies working with health (GPs and hospitals) to enable people to stay well at home or return quickly and comfortably from hospital.
- Age UK Norfolk information and advice service at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
- Age UK Norfolk GP information and advice service
- Age UK Warwickshire Housing Advice and Information
- West of England Care & Repair Home from Hospital Casework Service
- Homewise Memory Matters
- Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire
Manchester Care and Repair (MC&R) – an HIA and registered charity that works across Greater Manchester and is supported by local authorities, the NHS and many others, has been running a Home from Hospital service since 2012. A description of the service is contained in the following article Helping hand for the vulnerable.
Good practice cameos many of which are supporting people to return home from hospital – https://homeadaptationsconsortium.wordpress.com/good-practice
Hospital 2 Home
The Hospital 2 Home pack provides essential information for people working in health, housing, social care and the voluntary sector to help them to support older patients to return home safely after a hospital stay and reduce the risk of readmission.
Creation of the pack was initiated by Care & Repair England and produced by a broad Task and Finish group with representatives from Chartered Institute of Housing, Housing LIN, British Geriatrics Society, Royal College of Nursing, ADASS, College of Occupational Therapists, British Red Cross, Age UK, Foundations, Local Government Association and the Kings Fund and supported by The Department of Communities and Local Government and the Department of Health.
Why link Care & Repair Agencies and Hospitals?
Illness or a health crisis resulting in hospital admission can be a critical point for older people making decisions about their housing and care. Sometimes people need help to organise adaptations, care packages or even to move home – some HIAs have developed services to help to solve such problems.
For more than a decade local Care & Repair and other home improvement agencies (HIAs) have been involved in running Home from Hospital services.
These schemes are often linked to the handyperson service which can undertake the minor adaptations, small repairs, delivery of equipment or odd jobs, such as moving a bed downstairs, or installing a keysafe, that can be critical to enabling an older person to return to their own home after time in hospital.
Some HIAs also offer Housing Options Advice services which can help people to move to a different home if returning to their current property is no longer possible due to their health problem.
If only I had known….
Through its ‘If only I had known..’ programme Care & Repair England worked with local agencies and partners to pilot ways of integrating housing information and help within hospitals and improved hospital discharge. The work is described in two reports and a brochure.
Click here for: If only I had known…Integration of housing help into a hospital setting (2012) This report provides information about policy drivers which support the integration of housing help into a hospital setting with illustrative practice examples and cost benefit analysis of individual cases where housing improvements have saved health and care costs
Click here for: If Only I had known……..An evaluation of the local hospital linked pilot projects (2012). This report provides evidence and information about local pilot projects which pioneered the integration of housing help into a hospital setting
Click here for Summary Brochure about If only I had known [March 2012]
‘On the Mend’ (2001) Care & Repair England report about Hospital Discharge Services and the potential role of home improvement agencies (printed copies only)