Hospital to Home is a real success!
Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service were commissioned to deliver the ground-breaking scheme in partnership with Public Health, Adult Social Care and Warwickshire Primary Care Hospitals in 2018.
The aim of the programme was to support elderly and vulnerable patients who have been treated at hospital and are well enough to go home, to get back to where they feel safe and feel supported to live independently. That could be either in their own home or in a care home if additional support is required.
This in turn has helped to reduce the number of patients who have previously had to be admitted to hospital because they had no immediate friends or family to help them get home.
Once home, the patient is then settled in by the Hospital to Home team, which may involve getting them a cup of tea and something to eat before making a referral for a Safe and Well check.
The check involves looking for potential hazards which could cause slips, trips and falls, through to a fire safety assessment ensuring that the resident has food to eat. All of this helps to reduce preventable re-admissions to hospital and ensure that we are providing a timely, person-centred service.
The scheme, which currently runs 12 hours a day, every day of the year, is funded from Warwickshire County Council’s Improved Better Care Fund.
Those delivering the service are not on duty and are used on a self-rostering basis, so they are only on duty when they inform Fire Control that they are available.