A new sector led resource pack to encourage and support cross sector co-operation across housing, health and social care has been launched by Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care Services at the Department of Health.
The pack aims to highlight the key role of housing in enabling an independent and healthy later life and offers practical ideas to support a joint approach across sectors and professions. Written by Kate McAllister and Merron Simpson, it provides essential information for people working in health, housing, social care and the voluntary sector and will help them to improve systems of support for older patients who are being discharged from hospital to their own homes.
It contains information, suggestions for action, case studies and checklists for considering older patients’ housing situations in hospital discharge and transfer of care and for improving integration of housing and support into the process for discharging older people. There are specific materials for agencies that already provide hospital discharge services, sheltered and extra care housing providers.
The pack was produced by a Task and Finish group involving Care & Repair England, Chartered Institute of Housing, Housing Learning and Improvement Network, Royal College of Nursing, College of Occupational Therapists, British Geriatrics Society, ADASS, British Red Cross, Age UK, Foundations, The Local Government Association and the Kings Fund. It was supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department of Health.
Download the Hospital 2 Home pack from the Housing LIN website
Read FirstStop factsheet 'Advice on hospital admissions and discharges'