February 2015

Domiciliary care funding – and how it directly impacts on hospital bed occupancy

Domiciliary care funding – and how it directly impacts on hospital bed occupancy

13 February 2015

Here, Nick Smith, of Home Instead Senior Care – an independent UK home care provider which operates franchises providing home care support – writes his second blog for the WMAHSN, examining the disparate social care terrain and how this contributes to the barriers to integration between health and social care. Nick discusses the funding of domiciliary care – the delivery of a range of personal care and support services to individuals in their own homes, also known as homecare – and how it fits into the social and healthcare landscape. Importantly, Nick explores the impact that domiciliary care has on discharging patients from hospital during periods of pressure, which has come under so much media scrutiny recently in the midst of the so-called “A&E crisis”.

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