Is live-in care the answer to the NHS bed-blocker crisis?
Live-in care is an important part of the answer to the problem of around 8,500 “bed-blocking” patients stuck in NHS hospitals every day, costing the health service £900 million a year.
In the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals alone, the guardian reported more than 35 patients medically fit for discharge but waiting in hospital.
According the the Department of Health, a hospital bed costs £400 a day to run, which means transferring those clients to live-in care in Bournemouth would save the Clinical Commissioning Group roughly £14,000 a day, or over £5 million a year.
As well as taking up valuable beds and choking the system, it can be a miserable stay for those ready to be discharged, only for community (live-in or domiciliary care) or residential care not to be available. It also increases the chances of picking up an infection and losing daily living skills that aren’t used when in hospital.
Live-in care and visiting home care and two of the most common options following a stay in hospital. Home care with multiple visits a day is often the most appropriate package of care, but this can sometimes take a little time to organise, as generally it involves a few different carers fitting calls into their existing rotas.
Live-in care can, at least at Good Oaks, be organised within 24-48 hours. Because one carer can stay for two or four weeks at a time, they will be with you from the moment you are discharged, and provide the continuity of care that makes a big difference to people’s recoveries. Live-in Carers are experienced in all types of care provision, from companionship, medication administration to more complex care such as dementia care or even palliative care.