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10 Years Later – NHS Bed Blocking Remains A Concern Due To A Lack Of Community Care

It is reported in the national press that we have a “bed-blocking crisis” in the NHS which leaves pensioners stranded in hospital.  The issue shows no sign of abating and on current forecasts, will last at least another 5 years. Over the last 2 years the position has worsened and this has led to a committee of MPs branding the situation a “disgrace” with no progress having been made since the issue was looked at back in 2003.

Over the last 2 years, bed-blocking has risen by 33%. Jon Rouse, the director of social care, local government and care partnerships, told the committee of MPs that across the county there were “unacceptable variations of performance”.  Delays in coming out of hospital have increased over the last two years in 6 out of 10 authority areas.  Jon Rouse said, “The reasons for bed-blocking appear to be divided between the NHS not getting people ready for hospital discharge, and social care not being in place to support someone at home”.

Independent Living Owner, Mark Booker, commented, “Time and time again as a care provider we are told someone is coming home from Chorley hospital, only for it to be postponed.  The main reason seems to be that those responsible for ensuring that the correct medical and social care is in place at a person’s home haven’t, for whatever reason, sorted it out.  This means a person will be taking a valuable hospital bed when they would prefer to be cared for at their home.  As a care company this situation is very difficult to deal with because we can spend hours arranging home care only to find out at the last minute they are not coming home, and with no clear future date it is hard to plan.  The waste of resources due to a lack of planning and partnership working must be immense”.

By |2016-06-22T09:42:42+00:00June 22, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on 10 Years Later – NHS Bed Blocking Remains A Concern Due To A Lack Of Community Care

Better Support for Stroke Survivors

New figures this week show that more than 46% of stroke survivors in the North West felt abandoned when they left hospital.  The level of support can vary and the main concern is a lack of consistency.  42% of people leaving hospital after a stroke did not have a care plan and again 46% stated they were not contacted by a health professional when they went home.  Worryingly, 32% did not have a 6 month review of either their medical or social care needs.

Jon Barrick, the Chief Executive of the Stroke Association, said, “Major strides have been made in the way strokes are treated in hospital but this is not continuing when a person then goes home”.  The Stroke Association is launching a new campaign called “A New Era for Stroke” which asks the Government to develop a ten year strategy from 2017 when the current one finishes.  Mr Barrick continued, “Survivors often have to wait months for the vital support to rebuild their lives, and sadly this can be too late for some people”.

Independent Living owner, Mark Booker, commented, “The Department of Health states that 78% of people who experience a stroke are seen by a stroke physician within 24 hours, 7 days a week and this is to be welcomed.  Clearly they are getting first class treatment in hospital.  The problem seems to be when someone goes home they are then dependent on several different outreach teams, this can include: occupation health, physiotherapy, falls prevention, district nurses and social care. To progress and make a full recovery, patients need to complete special exercises to regain their mobility and speech and this cuts across several teams.  As a (non-medical) care organisation, we work alongside several separate NHS teams the patient is relying on but when trying to coordinating their services we can see it is difficult”.

By |2016-05-24T08:47:31+00:00May 24, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Better Support for Stroke Survivors

The Invisible Army Of Older Carers Saves The NHS £6 Billion A Year

Today, Age UK released a report which highlighted that carers in their 80s have increased by 40 per cent in the last 7 years. Around 417,000 people over 80 years old (1 in 7) look after a loved one, and this saves the NHS and the social care system billions each year. Looking forward, with an ageing population this figure will nearly double in the next decade to 760,000. Most people try to cope as they prefer to stay in their own home as long as possible.

Of the 417,000 people in their 80s providing care 140,000 are doing this at least 35 hours a week. Emily Holzhausen from the charity Age UK states that whilst this saves the country money in the cost of social care, the price being paid is the damage to a carers own health and well-being, and there is a fear of what will happen if they cannot provide the care.

The social care minister, Alistair Burt, said, “Carers make an invaluable contribution to society and we owe a great deal to the love and determination of older carers.” A call is being made to provide more help to carers from the State as carers deserve to take a break.

Independent Living Owner, Mark Booker, commented, “We all sympathise with a person who is unwell because their condition is obvious, whether this is cancer, memory loss, stroke or Parkinson’s. The carer, however, is often neglected, perhaps invisible, yet time and time again when we go into a person’s home, we see the strain a husband/wife is under. These people are often elderly and not in the best of health themselves, but they are often carrying out physical tasks and unable to have a social life. We provide respite care so a carer can have a break. We are pleased the Government is recognising the contribution unpaid carers make and we hope they make more resources available for these people.”

By |2016-05-18T10:44:29+00:00May 18, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on The Invisible Army Of Older Carers Saves The NHS £6 Billion A Year

NHS Care for Terminally Ill Patients Outside Hours is Failing

The Telegraph newspaper reports hospitals are failing to provide quality end of life, round the clock care for people who are terminally ill.  A coalition of doctors and charities compiled figures that shows just 1 in 10 NHS hospitals offer expert care for people who are dying on a 24/7 basis.  The Royal College of Physicians, Marie Curie and the Association of Palliative Medicine have said that far more needs to be done to provide comfort, support and pain relief.

The audit of 142 NHS trusts found just 11% managed to provide specialist palliative support, around the clock which experts highlight is unacceptable.  The NHS needs to invest more in expert care to help those who are end of life.  It is said there are nowhere near enough palliative care doctors and nurses, we have just one palliative care consultant and five palliative care nurses per 1,000 beds.  Baroness Finlay states we should impose a legal duty on health commissioners to provide specialist palliative care seven days a week.  Like other health services palliative care is often subject to a “postcode lottery”.

It is estimated 50,000 people each year have poor care in the last 3 months of their lives.  In terms of researching better ways to help terminally ill people, just 0.1% of the health research budget is spent in this area.

Independent Living Owner, Mark Booker, commented, “Locally, some great support is available to help people at this difficult time, in particular the work done by St Catherines Hospice at Lostock Hall, both on site and outreach at a person’s home.  A key problem is that helping a terminally ill person often requires and range of services from different organisations and it is the coordination of services which is the most difficult aspect”.

By |2016-05-12T13:46:06+00:00May 12, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on NHS Care for Terminally Ill Patients Outside Hours is Failing
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