An initiative aimed at improving the care experience and quality of life for care home residents in South Lincoln being hailed as a resounding success.
‘HomeHealth’, which has been developed and home-grown by Lincolnshire health professionals, has so far saved more than 1600 GP visits and contacts; has prevented 98 A&E attendances and 41 non-elective admissions to hospital. Supported by seven GP practices across the south of Lincoln, the team of Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Nurse and Occupational Therapist offer same day support, advice and visits to residents in care homes across the south; dedicating time for each resident to discuss their future care. The aim is that eventually each resident will have an ‘Advanced Care Plan’, which will allow the team to get to know residents and their families and tailor the care to their individual needs and wishes. If a resident becomes unwell, the team will visit to make an urgent assessment and provide continuity of care with other health professionals, while making sure the resident’s wishes are taken into account.
Dr Sadie Aubrey, Joint Clinical Director of South Lincoln Healthcare Primary Care Network and GP Federation, said: “We are delighted with the success of HomeHealth and the positive outcomes we are seeing for patients and families, as well as health services generally.
“We are also very proud that HomeHealth has been ‘born and raised’ in Lincolnshire. An initial discussion among the South Lincoln Healthcare GP Federation led to the service being designed and developed – it has and continues to go from strength to strength. It’s a great example of health professionals from various organisations working together to improve the outcomes for patients and families in Lincolnshire.”
HomeHealth went live in December 2017 across seven care homes and continues to be rolled out to the 16 care homes across South Lincolnshire. The phased roll out has enabled the team to develop into their new roles and establish relationships with care home staff, residents and GP practices.
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