As part of Knowsley Council’s adult social care transformation programme, three new initiatives will be launched in the new year aimed at helping residents to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Primarily, the new initiatives will support residents who have been discharged from hospital, and work with them to ensure they are not re-admitted.
The initiatives include a 24/7 response team, a Home First Service, as well as an assistive technology 12-week pilot.
The 24/7 response service will respond to calls from people with health and social care needs who may be on the verge or requiring either hospital or care home support. The service is linked to the Homecare Link Assistive Technology Service and aligned to the council’s own Emergency Duty team, who will refer into the 24/7 response team where appropriate.
The Home First Service will provide short-term home care (domiciliary) support for up to a period of two weeks following a person’s discharge from hospital in circumstances when a person’s long-term support package cannot be immediately sourced. This will help to speed-up the hospital discharge process enabling the person to return to their own home.
Also starting in the new year is a 12 week assistive technology pilot for people who have just come out of hospital. Assistive technology aids, such as a lifeline alarm, smoke alarms and home adaptations, will be provided to support the person in their own home and ensure that ‘back up’ support is available when required.
Cllr Chris O’Hare, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said “We know that people would rather be in their own home than in hospital or a residential or nursing home and that is why we have aligned our services to meet the needs of our residents. Coming out of hospital can be daunting, particularly if you live alone, so through the new initiatives we are introducing in the new year, residents have the security of knowing that they aren’t alone and that help is available when they need it. We hope that this will reduce the need for people to be admitted to hospital or the need for them to secure residential or nursing home provision. It’s all about their independence – and helping them to keep it.”