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Bassetlaw CCG funds Home from Hospital Service

We know that older people returning home from hospital without enough support are more than twice as likely to be readmitted within three months. But this can be avoided. With the right support, improvements in cognition and physical function can be achieved.

Bassetlaw CCG funds the Home from Hospital Service provided by the Royal Voluntary Service.   This targets and prioritises at-risk people who are 55 years of age or over, living alone, with a carer or co-caring, with limited or no social support or social care.

The RVS team provides practical and social support for after illness, surgery or accident. Friendly, encouraging support from a volunteer at this time can make all the difference to restoring essential self-confidence, leading to improved health and wellbeing and reducing readmissions.

Those benefitting from the Home from Hospital service feel more confident, with improved levels of social contact and better health. They feel generally happier. In terms of cost-benefit, 30-day readmission rates have been reduced in pilots. Only 9% of the vulnerable group aged 85 or over were readmitted, compared to the national average of 15% for over 75s.

Case Study December 2021: Audrey

Audrey was referred to the Home from Hospital service following her discharge from hospital.

Audrey was well supported with all carer and shopping needs by her family, however, she felt that she would like to receive some companionship visits whilst she was recovering.

During our visits, Audrey was very entertaining and engaging. She enjoyed chatting about a variety of topics. During one visit she taught the volunteer how to play dominoes which was enjoyed by both of them.

When the service came to an end Audrey said she had very much enjoyed the company and conversation, she said that our visits alleviated boredom and that she would certainly recommend our services to others.