There are many reasons you might need to go into hospital. From planned operations to resolve ongoing problems to emergency admissions following a fall or accident. Nobody likes to be in hospital, and often the first question asked will be ‘when can I go home?’.
Although the hospital must make sure that you’re fit and well before you can leave, that doesn’t always mean you won’t need some support at home to get through the first few weeks. Here’s what you need to know about getting care following a hospital discharge, and how we at Chilton House can help.
Planning care after discharge
If you are going into hospital on a planned basis, you should think about what’s going to happen when you’re discharged before you go to your appointment. However, many hospital admissions are unplanned, for example in the event of an accident or sudden illness. In this case, planning for your discharge should begin on the first day you are at the hospital.
Usually you’ll be told when you’re likely to be able to leave hospital, and if there’s any change to this you should be kept updated by your care team. There should be a nominated person who is coordinating your discharge, usually called ‘discharge coordinators’ or ‘ward coordinators’.
How hospital staff will prepare you for discharge
When the time comes for you to leave hospital, your care team should ensure:
- Someone is coming to get you
- You have your keys and clothes to wear home
- You understand your medications and have enough to take with you
- You know how to use any new aids confidently
- You have enough money for the short term at least
- Your GP knows you have been discharged
If hospital staff are not confident that you have the right care and support to leave hospital alone, they may arrange what is known as a ‘care needs assessment’ to further decide what assistance you’re going to need.
A care needs assessment will work to establish what you need help with. For instance, preparing meals, getting dressed or going to the toilet. Following the assessment, a care plan will be made up and agreed with you, which will detail what needs you have and what help is available to meet those needs.
Following this will be a means test, which will investigate what you have in the way of income and savings. This will determine how much you need to contribute to the cost of your care, and how much will be funded by your local authority or other sources.
What care support is available?
Depending on the outcomes of your care needs assessment, you may require support on a long term or short-term basis upon discharge. The care plan can include things like:
- Community care services – reablement services in your own home or intermediate care in a council run care home
- NHS care – including continuing healthcare, funded nursing care, rehabilitation or palliative care
- Equipment – such as wheelchairs, walking frames, specialist beds and other adaptations
- Voluntary agency support – from organisations like the Red Cross and Age UK
- Private care and support – a short or longer stay in a private care home such as Chilton House
Many older people find they are very limited in terms of what is available to them on the NHS or through local authority funding. Assets such as savings, home ownership and investments preclude people from accessing funding services, and means they need to turn to the private sector for support following discharge from hospital.
Our support following hospital discharge
Here at Chilton House, we offer a wonderful package of care and support for those who are leaving hospital and require assistance. Starting from just £2,350 per week, we’ll provide all meals, nursing, physiotherapy and more, with medical professionals visiting to provide the specialist care you need.
Our team boast particular expertise in caring for those recovering from joint replacements, surgery and spinal problems, as well as for those who are dealing with cancer, stroke, MS and Parkinson’s disease.
When you move into our beautiful home, you’ll feel like you’re in a five-star hotel. Your room is luxuriously appointed, with everything you could need, and the service you’ll receive will be first class. It’s a world away from the atmosphere of a hospital, and just what you need to get back on your feet, ready to return home.
To find out more about our post hospital rehabilitation services, talk to our team today.