The Home from Hospital service aims to assist people return home following a stay in hospital, in particular people who have suffered a stroke or fall.
In 2011 there were approximately 200 emergency stroke admissions in Calderdale (Sepho 2012). In many cases, stroke can cause people to develop mobility problems resulting in people being unable to return home as it is no longer suitable for their needs.
Project workers can assist people in their return home by arranging for minor adaptations to be carried out. Minor adaptations can include fitting hand rails and grab rails inside and outside the home as well as keysafes when required.
Or they can help people with finding a new home if their current home cannot be adapted. This can include completing housing applications and looking into specialised accommodation such as sheltered and extra care housing.
For more information about the type of specialised housing and assistance available in Calderdale, see Extra care housing .
The type of assistance the project workers can offer is best described by looking at Andrew's case.
Andrew is a 58 year old man who was in hospital having had his leg amputated. He lived in his own house but an Occupational Therapist carried out an assessment and advised that it was no longer suitable for him as it could not be adapted.
Andrew was referred to the Home from Hospital services, who talked to him about his housing preferences. The Home from Hospital project officer completed a Keychoice form with Andrew and worked to get the application active and on the correct banding for a home relocation to a property, that would be accessible for him, as soon as possible. The Home from Hospital Project Officer met the Occupational Therapist at properties offered to Andrew as they became available, to see if they could be suitably adapted to meet Andrew’s needs and kept Andrew up to date and in control over his housing option choices. Once Andrew found a property he liked the Project Officer liaised with the Housing Officer enabling him to leave hospital and move into his new home.
Andrew is coming to the end of his period of rehabilitation and Reablement . He is increasingly becoming much more independent as he works with his physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist. Andrew has been in contact with his employer throughout his time in hospital and is now really looking forward to returning to work.
Like Andrew, you may find you need some help getting back on your feet following a stay in hospital: additional help is available from the Support and Independence Team .
For more general information about the services available contact:
- Username Home from hospital
- Email HomeFromHospital@calderdale.gov.uk
- Telephone 01422 393000