Hertfordshire County Council, Carers in Hertfordshire and the Trust are piloting a carer friendly community and carer friendly hospital. The aim is to measure the joint benefits – both financial and non-financial – of a carer friendly health and social care system.
The hospital is a key trigger point in the caring journey. People may become carers in a hospital setting, or they may see their caring responsibilities increase following a hospital admission as a result of a fall or similar incident.
The impact of caring on health also means that carers are more likely to be admitted themselves; for example, carers caring for someone for over 50 hours a week are at 23% higher risk of a stroke than non-carers. This leaves their cared for alone, vulnerable, with the potential outcome of a double admission to hospital or residential care.
The rationale for the carer friendly hospital project is there is significant scope for better outcomes to patients and carers, by improving support to carers in an acute setting. The pilot project is running in tandem with the carer friendly community project, and will run in Lister Hospital until March 2014. It will have an initial focus on the carers of stroke survivors. We will be measuring the impact of better support to carers on readmission rates, length of stay, and delayed transfers of care, as well as the carer experience and outcomes for carer and cared for.
Carers Week 2013
This years Carers Week 2013 ran from 10 – 16 June with the theme Prepared to Care? Becoming a carer can impact significantly on a person’s life – it takes time, energy, can leave you isolated and can be costly.
Together with local groups we aim to spread the message far and wide that if you are caring for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend there is support, advice and information available.
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