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New Hospital 2 Home discharge pack supports care of older people

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Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb, launched the 'Hospital 2 Home' resource pack designed to support older patients returning from hospital.

The ‘Hospital 2 Home’ resource is designed to make it easier for health and social care professionals involved in hospital discharge to support older patients in returning home safely after a hospital stay and reduce the risk of readmission to hospital.

Speaking at the National Children and Adult Services Conference (NCAS) today, Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said:

We recognise that any delay in being able to leave hospital after treatment is distressing for patients and costly to the NHS.

People need to be able to return to a home that is safe, warm and meets their needs, and this is particularly important in the case of older people.

In order to achieve this health, housing and social care must work in partnership.

The ‘Hospital 2 Home’ resource contains information, advice, case studies and checklists to help health, housing and social care professionals provide the right care for older patients.

The resource aims to improve the experience of staying in hospital and returning home for both older patients and their carers.

‘Hospital 2 Home’ was produced by a task group initiated by Care & Repair England, supported by the Department of Health and the Department for Communities and Local Government .