A report published by Care and Repair Cymru shows how the Hospital to a Healthier Home project is reducing hospital readmission rates for older people by up to half and saving 20,000 bed days at Welsh hospitals each year.
The Hospital to a Healthier Home (H2HH) project (opens new window) operates in 17 hospitals across Wales. This innovative service ensures that older people are discharged from hospital into a home fit for their needs.
Faye Patton, Project Manager of Hospital to a Healthier Home, said
“To have helped over 10,000 patients in the first three years of being a Wales-wide project is fantastic and shows that agile services delivered by the third sector can bring great benefit to the Welsh NHS. It is vital that services like Hospital to a Healthier Home receive long term funding solutions.”
By carrying out simple home repairs and adaptations, the project helps older people with a quicker and safer return home from hospital.
The new report reveals that the project has had over 12,000 referrals in the last three years, and has saved the Welsh NHS over 62,000 bed days during this time.