Supporting older people after hospital – what role can the voluntary sector play?
In recent years, hospital admissions and discharges have been rising. Research by the Royal Voluntary Service has identified that older people (age 75 plus) often feel anxious, depressed, frightened and vulnerable after being discharged from hospital.
Strategies are being developed to help reduce the number of avoidable hospital admissions and focus on out of hospital care and support in people’s homes and in communities.
Talks have begun about the potential role the voluntary sector can play in supporting older people in hospital and in their own homes following discharge.
Local discussions have already identified opportunities for enhancing patient experience of hospital discharge and new ideas about how the voluntary sector can help reduce the chance of older people being re-admitted.
For more information, contact Kate Green, Manager, Integrated Plus or Jayne Emery, Chief Officer, Healthwatch Dudley on 01384 573381.