Adult Care

Adult Care (8)

All individuals deserve the right to live independently if it is what they aspire to do. One of the challenges is always ensuring that appropriate care can be provided whether a couple of hours a week, a day or even more full time care provision.

For those individuals with Additional Support Needs the challenges can be a bit more complex or daunting but again if the individual want that independence the obstacles in many cases can be overcome.

Some individuals are also challenged by their childhood home is no longer available or suitable and in some cases family members are no longer available to provide the support that they need.

One company in Bolton, ICRIT Healthcare, has looked at this challenge from both the NHS perspective and also the individuals aspirations and would be well worth contacting if you live in the North West of England as they do have accommodation suitable for supporting these individuals.

We believe that providing the right accommodation solutions will give these individuals confidence and skills to cope with their disability and long term will have a reduced financial and resources drain on the NHS.

Contact ICRIT Healthcare to learn more.

 

One of the greatest pressures on the NHS is the integration of Social and Health Care and ensuring that individuals who have had a need to be in hospital can be released knowing that appropriate care is in place.

This is very evident when it is a homeless individual as how can the individual be cared for whilst living rough on the streets.  It is also highly likely that these individuals will be readmitted so the drain on resources is multiplied.

ICRIT Healthcare in Bolton have just launched a service which is designed to work with local hospitals and provide independent living but with care packages in place to support such individuals.

To find out more please visit https://icrithealthcare.co.uk/our-services/hospital-to-housing-support

Here are some of the supporting facts to demonstrat the importance of such a service.

RESEARCH AND BACKGROUND

Research has demonstrated that being homeless can have significant implications for the individual, including increasing the risk of long-term health problems. The Deloitte (2012) study found that up to 70 per cent of people who use homeless services suffer from mental ill health. There were also high levels of alcohol and drug dependency, which tended to exacerbate health problems. Due to a reduced access to normal healthcare services, many homeless people let their conditions deteriorate until a point where emergency care is required.

Research by CRISIS (2011) indicates that the average age of death for a homeless person is 47 years old, 30 years younger than that of the general population. In addition to the impact on individuals, research has started to focus on the cost of homelessness. Research by Homeless Link (2013) estimated that each homeless person represents a cost of £26,000 per year to the public fund. Therefore services that prevent homelessness and help a transition away from this situation will likely result in a saving to the public purse. Deloitte (2012) found that homeless people attend A&E up to six times as often as the general population, are admitted four times as often and once admitted tend to stay three times as long in hospital due to acute health issues and complex needs. Also, one in ten homeless people who do access A&E will do so at least once a month. DoH research in 2010 found that overall the total cost of hospital usage by homeless people is estimated to be £85.6 million per annum. This figure is around four times higher than the cost associated with a similar sized group of non-homeless people. The same DoH (2010) report found that inpatient costs represent the majority of the care provided to this client group, and are approximately eight times higher than for the comparison group, possibly because the homeless have an average length of stay in hospital three times as long as the general population. In total this equates to over £2,100 per person, compared with £525 for the general population (Deloitte, 2012). A joint report by Homeless Link and St Mungo’s in 2012 found that when homeless people finally leave hospital, more than 70 percent will be discharged straight back onto the streets without their housing issues being addressed, which will likely result in readmission due to the conditions being adverse to recuperation.

Despite the circumstances described above, the DoH (2010) report highlighted that in 2010 only 39 percent of Local Authorities indicated that they had specific policies dictating protocol for the admission and discharge of homeless people; furthermore only 27 percent of those who are classed as homeless received help with housing before being discharged. A report by the Centre for Health Service Economics & Organisation (CHSEO) in 2011 showed that projects and models which have been implemented to improve admission and discharge practice have demonstrated cost benefits in two different ways: firstly the average length of stay will change due to a reduction in ‘bed blocking’ as homeless people are more likely to be discharged sooner if their housing and next steps are adequately catered for (however some may stay longer if this is deemed necessary)6; and secondly if patients are discharged at a clinically appropriate time and to suitable accommodation they are in a position to more ably recover from an illness, and thus there are fewer emergency readmissions to hospital within 28 days. Previous interventions have demonstrated these potential cost savings in action.

For example, at the Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral, a link worker was hired to ensure that those who were homeless were accounted for in policy and supported during discharge. The DoH study in 2010 found that during the year there was a fall in the number of episodes (26%), admissions (18%) and bed days (26%). The amount of delayed discharges was also reduced, saving an estimated £45,000 in six months

Saturday, 20 May 2017 09:36

Home Care versus Care Home?

Home Care versus Care Home?

We are often asked what is the cheaper, Home Care or Care Home support for either elderly or disabled people. The first thing we would always stress is that you need to make sure you are comparing like for like and also what your requirements are now or longer term. Consider the following Youth Hostel or 5 Star Hotel? Both have beds, both can provide catering, both have toilets and bathing facilities but you would not say they are the same.

Similarly when deciding on care provision especially for Live-In Care you start to see some fundamental differences that start to determine what is right for you.

Do you have a pet? Many Care Homes do not allow pets so keeping your dog or cat is an obvious consideration.

Do you like flexibility of when you eat, have cups of tea or socialise with friends? Many care homes have set times for activities and you will need to fit in with the schedule.

Is it just you or is it you and a partner or other family member? Live-In care will be a lot more cost effective when it is more than one as typically one Live-In personal care assistant can cover two people for a slight premium, unlike a Care Home wher it will be two fees.

Also consider the element of companionship and if you are looking for joint social activities and group activities then maybe a Care Home can provide you this more than staying in your own home. Alternatively if you have a local group of friends and existing social activities these might have to be sacrificed based on location.

Cost is the difficult one based on requirements and obviously funding will be available for both depending on the care assessment carried out but we in most cases see the monthly fee being less with Live-In Home Care subject to complexity of care needs.

Finally the most common feedback we get is that emotional attachment to your existing house, belongings and area in which you live and people want to spend the “autumn years” of their lives surrounded by what they feel most comfortable with.

To learn more about our Live-In services please follow the link of call us on 01204 325013 to discuss your specific requirements.

ICRIT Healthcare cover the whole of the UK, why not get in touch.

ICRIT Healthcare and Supporting Hospital Discharges

GREAT NEWS!

Your relative is ready to come home is really positive news. On further discussion the elation turns to despair on how you will be able to provide the care needed. This could be someone who already benefits from a care plan and this now needs to be increased or it might be someone who is now in need of support for the first time.

Typically as part of the discharge the care needed will be discussed in detail with all parties and the medical profession will detail what they will do which is clinical led care which may involve visits to attend to wounds, dressings, medication, etc. Personal care is where family will be expected to provide or make arrangements to supplement or compliment the medical care.

ICRIT Healthcare

Dementia & Alzheimer’s Care Specialists

At ICRIT Healthcare we have clinician and healthcare professionals who deal with Dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers on a daily basis. They know all about the different types and stages of these conditions and are highly experienced in both supporting the client and their families. Challenges are complex and varied and can show slow or rapid deterioration, different symptoms and behaviours and for those dealing with a sufferer an emotional rollercoaster.

To understand more about ICRIT Healthcare services or to discuss a specific client please do not hesitate to contact us.

Saturday, 20 May 2017 09:23

Support for the Elderly

Support for the Elderly

We understand that once individuals get to a certain age some of the regular day to day tasks can become challenging and often demoralising for the individual as they struggle to undertake housework chores.  The overall well being of these individuals is quite often improved by just keeping on top of these everyday activities.  Our home care packages can be tailored to the need and may be a couple of hours a week or few hours per day, we can tailor to the client and be as flexible as needed.

To read more on our support packages Read More

Friday, 19 May 2017 17:18

What makes a good carer?

What makes a good carer?

We are always asked this question as we have various clients who have complex and challenging care needs but equally they have varied priorities.  Also their families and relatives have their own criteria of what they want ICRIT Healthcare to deliver but equally our referral partners have a set of conditions that we must adhere to.

So what is the answer?

We must be compliant with conditions of the regulator, provide a varied and complex service delivery model and ensure that our staff are well trained, professional and approachable. Happy and well trained staff are the lifeblood of the organisation.

What do you think is the answer?

We always want to improve and although additional areas may present challenges we want to stay ahead of the competition and offer a service acceptable to all.  So why not get in touch and let us hear your views www.icrithealthcare.co.uk.

 

Caring and Supporting an Elderly Relative during Cold Weather

The following are some handy tips to consider in cold weather when you have an elderly relative or neighbour.  We can also provide an adhoc support plan for your relative.

  • Make sure they have suitable clothing and wear layers.
  • Check the house for draughts and ensure they keep warm the areas of the house where they are living.Closing doors and use draught excluders to retain heat in an area.
  • Ensure that they are aware of and benefit from a flu jab at the local NHS GP Clinic. If they are sitting for long periods make sure their extremities are covered with socks, slippers, blankets or covers.
  • A good pair of bed socks will help keep them warm at night. Also an electric blanket or hot water bottle warming the bed prior to going to bed. Make sure they have hot meals and a higher calorie food intake.
  • Hot meals like soup and hot drinks will help maintain body heat. Also make sure they have enough supplies to last them a few days longer if going out is going to problematic.
  • Encourage movement, even walking around the home to help stimulate circulation.
  • Exercising when seated by moving feet and hands also stretching will all help to improve body feeling in cold weather.
  • Ensure the access to the property is clear, salt paths and driveways making sure trip and slip hazards are avoided.
  • Ensure neighbours, friends and family pop in to help in adverse weather conditions.

If you want to speak to us about an ad-hoc support plan for you or an elderly relative please do not hesitate to get in touch www.icrithealthcare.co.uk

 

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