Home from Hospital: supporting older patients returning home
Reducing readmissions is crucial for the NHS. Readmissions cost £2.2bn per year and take up beds that are needed for other patients. At the same time, nobody wants to be stuck in hospital when they could be recovering at home.
How does Hospital from Home help?
The aim is to give the person the confidence to continue their recovery successfully at home. Support may include:
- Collecting food items or prescriptions on the person’s behalf
- Friendly conversations and emotional support
- Practical tasks such as helping to fill in forms and making sure the person’s home is safe
How can you help?
The project is run by Volunteering Matters and Chain Reaction and funded by Newcastle Gateshead CCG. They are working together across Newcastle to support patients discharged from the RVI and Freeman Hospital.
The project also wants to provide volunteers with a memorable and meaningful experience through befriending an older person in their local community.
Want to know more?
Contact Matthew Brindley (Engagement Manager, Volunteering Matters) on 07534 043 578 or firstname.lastname@example.org