- Date: 20/04/2023
Multi-service support for those leaving Staffordshire hospitals
Our Revival home from hospital service has been supporting patients leaving Stoke-on-Trent hospitals for nearly 10 years, and Stafford hospitals for just over three.
The team first visit patients within the discharge lounge who are well enough to leave hospital, but have a barrier to being safe and well at home. This barrier could be not enough mobility adaptions following a fall, not having a key safe which is vital when allowing healthcare professionals access and finally, a lack of food or heating.
Revival meet patients experiencing these barriers and create a support package to help them return home safely.
This month, the team met local resident Hassan who had been in and out of hospital after having a stroke. This was his second admission so the team wanted to make sure his support package prevented any further readmissions. Team Leader Mark Cliffe explains more:
"When we met Hassan, we discovered he had had a stroke at 45 years old and as a consequence had lots his job and income. It was a really difficult time for Hassan and it quickly became apparent his home no longer met his needs.
"When we visited Hassan's home we found that his heating wasn't working and he had no means of cooking. He also had no adaptations and was at risk of falling when showering and getting to his bedroom."
Over the following two weeks, the Revival team supported Hassan with food parcels, PIP benefit referrals, adaptation and alternative housing referrals and a prescription delivery service. The team also referred Hassan to a stroke support group.
Marks adds: "I'm delighted to say Hassan is at home living safely and well. He has a regular income and is looking forward to moving into more appropriate housing.
"We are so proud to work alongside the NHS and local council, providing holistic support to people living in Staffordshire. We have a unique role in visiting people when in hospital and then in home, which creates a great insight into support gaps or additional needs that would be difficult to spot in a hospital setting."