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Home care can provide an answer to NHS bed blocking by preventing avoidable issues

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Asset 2It’s no myth that the NHS needs support. Whilst this has been addressed in the Long-Term Plan with the new budget, there are still further actions that can be taken in order to address the growing issues with the health service. Avoidable hospital visits can be a real hindrance for the service, especially when there are procedures and actions communities, individuals, and social care services can follow in order to ensure hospitals aren’t over-encumbered with unnecessary problems.

Community care was first brought into law back in 1990 to help prevent an over-reliance on emergency services and has evolved into the social care systems that we have today. The need for a more sustainable social care industry has never been more necessary though, as the demands of an increasing elderly population continues to put pressure onto the NHS and its resources. This is further exacerbated by the report by Care Home Professional that states 3000 NHS beds are blocked by patients waiting for nursing home placements. According to the study, there were 29,374 beds blocked in UK hospitals in 2018. This is a multifaceted issue that requires solutions before and after admission, simply to guarantee the accurate allocation of NHS resources.

There are ways to find out about available nursing home beds using technology such as Care Home Bed Finder, who are exhibiting at this year’s Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo. Being able to find a bed is one task, but ensuring that the right care is given, and that the bed is in a reasonable location, is part of the overwhelming problem. There is a big opportunity for home care services to meet this need, not just to aid in the ease of finding nursing home beds for those who are in true need of them, but to deliver the correct care in a familiar and safe environment. It was the Care Choice Gap Report that laid out several areas where home care can be an undeniable asset to the development of a sustainable health service. See 300 world-leading exhibitors with the latest products, services and technology helping ease the NHS bed blocking crisis and register for your ticket at www.carehomeexpo.co.uk.

Within the Care Choice Gap Report, it revealed that nearly half of all people aged 75 or above live alone, with the report proceeding to state that by 2033 there will be 3 million old people experiencing chronic loneliness. Loneliness can have health detriments equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and as such plays a major supporting role in the development of more serious, and avoidable, ailments. Home care will stem problems such as this, but the issues surrounding workforce and funding make it difficult to meet such massive demand. It was further revealed in the Care Choice Gap report that 71% of people want to see the end of their time in their home.

As upsetting as this may seem, it displays a clear and overwhelming public want for more home care. There needs to be a greater drive for improved home care in order to contribute to the sustainability of our health services, as well as meeting the public demand to remain at home for as long as possible. Because of how integral the development of this sector is for the future, the Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo will focus on home care, with a seminar theatre dedicated to the topic thanks to working in association with UKHCA. Jayne Easterbrook, from UKHCA, will be directly approaching the growing issue of establishing an effective home care workforce, highlighting solutions to this problem. Alongside Jayne, Bridget Warr CBE, who has been referred to as the voice of home care, will share her expert insight into the delivery of outstanding home care services. See the full CPD accredited seminar line up and register for your free ticket at www.carehomeexpo.co.uk.

Both unprecedented seminars will show just how essential home care will be, whilst providing avenues to deliver said care. The Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo is essential to the development of a sustainable social care business model, but it remains to be the responsibility of our local authorities who can make these changes. There is positive momentum now, as the NHS has announced a plan to employ 1000 more health-based workers to prescribe social activities to the elderly, really enhancing the positive effects of community care in the process. With more workers available to help meet this need, issues that have domino effects in the health service such as loneliness can be stemmed, and free up beds and resources in the NHS as a result.

Home care is an area of focus for Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo. With the show’s goal of guiding the industry towards a sustainable business model, combined with the clear public demand, as well as the essential need for sustainability in our health service, there creates a potent force for positive change. Understanding how to alleviate pressure from the NHS must be an objective in the immediate future, and home care is a major piece of the puzzle.

Register for your complimentary ticket to the UK’s most dynamic event dedicated to business growth and a sustainable social care model at www.carehomeexpo.co.uk.

For exhibiting enquiries please contact Nick.Woore@prysmgroup.co.uk or call 0117 990 2109.

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