Health & Housing Initiatives

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.

NHS England has published a Quick Guide: Health and Housing alongside other guides aimed at reducing delays in hospital discharge including a  Quick Guide: Discharge to Assess. For all quick guides from NHS England click here.

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 Nottingham and Nottinghamshire summary
  • Age UK Warwickshire Housing Advice and Information summary and full report
  • Homewise Memory Matters report
  • Preston Care & Repair Handyperson Services summary and full report
  • West of England Care & Repair Reducing Delayed Transfer of Care Through Housing Interventions report

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 –

 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….

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)

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