New streamlined home care services in Dundee are helping to reduce “traumatic” experiences in hospital for older patients, according to health chiefs.
Early Intervention and Enhanced Community Support seeks to reduce the number of older people being admitted to hospital when they could otherwise be treated in a more “safe and robust” environment at home.
The new measures, led by Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership are, in part, being introduced to tackle the number of delayed transfers in hospitals – known as “bed-blocking”.
The “person-centred” support can be anything from befriending and providing meals to providing acute support to those who are unwell.
Jenny Hill, one of four locality managers for the partnership, which combines council and NHS services, said hospitals can often be the wrong option for older patients.
She said: “Senior consultants and medical staff are able to go out and do it.
“It’s not quite a hospital at home but they’re able to support people at home.
“Admission can be quite a harmful experience for an older person, although they’ll need to be in sometimes if they’re acutely unwell.”
The service has so far supported about 135 people since being launched in January.