New initiative means peace of mind for discharged patients

A new initiative has been launched in Cornwall to help recuperating patients get the best possible care when they leave hospital.

The Duchy Hospital in Truro has teamed up with Home Instead Senior Care, a private company which provides care for people in their own homes, to ensure that patients receive support if required when they leave hospital.

Patients who choose to take part in the new initiative will have their needs assessed by Home Instead who, working with the team at The Duchy Hospital, will put together a post-operative care plan built around their individual needs and budget.

This may include personal care such as assistance with bathing, dressing and medications; home help covering housework, shopping, meal preparation; and companionship services that can involve everything from escorting clients on visits or appointments to simple conversation and good company.

It will be offered to all patients at the hospital, whether their treatment is funded privately, by their insurance company or patients who choose to have their NHS treatment carried out at the hospital.

The Duchy Hospital’s General Manager, Chris Sealey, commented: “The move from 24 hour care at the hospital to life at home can sometimes be difficult for patients and this service will help bridge that gap. It will provide targeted, focused assistance, taking into account the physical and emotional needs of the patient, and we hope will help patients recuperate.”

The Duchy specialises in a number of procedures for which the new care service may be appropriate.

These include orthopaedic operations such as knee and hip replacements and resurfacing, ophthalmology and other procedures which may limit mobility for a time.

The service will be delivered by Home Instead’s Truro office which is part of a global network of 900 locations providing non-medical care to people in their homes.

Tim Roe from Home Instead commented: “This partnership is about providing peace of mind before, during and after the hospital stay. It takes away the worry about how patients will cope at home after, for example, knee surgery or a hip replacement. In conjunction with the Duchy Hospital, our aim is to provide a comprehensive approach to post-operative care.”

Chris continued: “We need to be clear. This is not about discharging patients early. We will continue to provide the highest standards of medical care for as long as patients need it, and until their consultant is happy for them to go home This is about providing assistance from the point when medical care in a hospital is no longer needed.”

More information on the procedures available at Duchy Hospital can be found at http://www.duchyhospital.co.uk or by calling 0800 917 0022.

Information on Home Instead can be found at www.homeinstead.co.uk/truro, or by calling 01872 224004.

A group of Home Instead CAREGivers talking
Family welcoming a Home Instead care manager into their home