Patients with complex care needs can’t be discharged from hospital (or avoid admission) due to the delay in assembling care packages from multiple providers, e.g. Domiciliary Care, Community Physiotherapy and Community/District Nursing. These delays cause deconditioning of patients, additional costs and a shortage of beds for elective care and admissions from Emergency Departments.
Over the past six months, an average of 13,461 patients a day remained in hospital longer than required – an increase of more than 700 on the six months before. (HSJ, May 2023)
HomeLink Plus is a differentiated Intermediate Care at Home service that fills the gap between health and social care. HomeLink Plus benefits patients, the ICB, Trusts, Local Authorities and Community Care.
An ‘at home ward’ of hospital beds enable patients to receive Intermediate Care at Home as soon as they are medically stable.
HomeLink Healthcare manage the patient discharge process and provide care and support at home for up to six weeks. During this time patients will then either complete their recovery, be in a position to be supported by family members, or HomeLink Healthcare will oversee the transfer to a other providers for longer term support.
HomeLink Plus improves patient flow, reduces costs and is complementary to Virtual Wards.
HomeLink Plus supports a mixed cohort of patients through a combination of two existing service models:
The rehabilitation focus will assist the patient to quickly achieve their new baseline for independence. This will reduce the likelihood of readmission and minimise or remove the need for long term care.
HomeLink Plus is aligned to national guidance which points to the majority of Intermediate Care being delivered to patients at home by a community MDT.
HomeLink Plus benefits the whole system and is a solution for the future of the NHS and integrated care:
We offer a free, no obligation feasibility assessment. Let us visit your hospital and create a costed proposal so you can see the impact that HomeLink Plus could have on patient flow.
To speak to a member of our team about our Intermediate Care at Home services, call us on (020) 3137 5370 or contact us. You can tell us about your situation, and we can tell you more about our experience of early supported discharge and how we might be able to help you.
Sam Sherrington, Deputy Director for Community Nursing at NHS England visited us at St. Mary’s Hospital to see how HomeLink Healthcare services work in practice. She was glowing in her praise of the service we deliver. Watch the video here!Read more
A recent feasibility assessment concluded that implementing Hospital at Home services would free up significant numbers of inpatient beds.Read more
Read about the benefits of admission avoidance to patients.Read more
Patients are assessed by a HomeLink Healthcare physiotherapist in the care home within 72 hours of admission and start receiving physiotherapy and re-ablement immediately.Read more
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“I am so grateful to have been referred to HomeLink Healthcare, they have really helped me get back on my feet. If I had stayed in the hospital I would not have achieved everything I have done”
“The visiting therapist took her time with me, was always providing encouragement and without that I wouldn’t be at the point I am today.”