A simple red bag is helping reduce the time care home residents spend in hospital – and making their stay less stressful. It is being rolled out to all care homes in east and north Hertfordshire today (Monday 3 July).
A 10-year-old girl from Essex, known as Healthwatch Harriet, met new care models programme director Louise Watson, chair of Tower Hamlets CCG Sir Sam Etherington, and Hertfordshire County Council’s director of health and community services Iain MacBeath and asks ‘What on earth is a vanguard?’
Care home residents are more than three times as likely to be admitted to hospital as other over 65-year-olds in the county and every hospital visit has the potential to be confusing and disorientating – particularly as around a quarter of hospital ‘admissions’ are for less than 24 hours.
Flowers, vegetable patches and homes for hedgehogs are helping to forge links between care home residents and local communities across north and east Hertfordshire in a joint project between East and North Hertfordshire CCG and Herts Care Providers Association (HCPA) and funded by Tesco.
Judges of this year’s HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017 are in no doubt how our improved training for care home staff is helping support frail, elderly residents in our 92 care homes in east and north Hertfordshire.
Work in east and north Hertfordshire care homes to keep frail, elderly residents out of hospital, particularly in the winter months was demonstrated to Professor Sir Malcolm Grant, chair of NHS England and non-executive director Wendy Becker when they visited Welwyn Garden City last week.