Kingston Lib Dems working to solve delayed discharge crisis

Kingston Lib Dems are supporting a new model for adult social care which will allow patients to stay in their own homes, and help put an end to delayed discharge cases in hospitals.

Analysis by Age UK calculated that delayed discharges from hospital due to social care not being place is costing the NHS £550 a minute.

The new model, which is called Maximising Independence, will bring many benefits to the community, including:

· Improved independence and ability to live in the community.
· Improved quality of life.
· Reduced social isolation.
· Improved discharges from hospital.

Margaret Thompson, Lib Dem Councillor for Chessington North and Hook and Portfolio Holder for adult services at Kingston Council, said,

“Significant progress has now been made with the development of this new programme — Maximising Independence. We will be working closely with providers from across Kingston, including Your Healthcare and other partners, to ensure that the demands for adult social care are being met and help ensure people can remain in their own homes.”

The new model will offer residents the opportunity of an assessment following hospital discharge or community referral, and if residents are sufficiently independent, they can remain at home.

Additional support is offered for residents requiring rehabilitation, as well as more intensive levels of support, as and when appropriate.

Part of the Maximising Independence model will also offer an alternative for residents assessed as needing residential care. Under this new option, these individuals would return home with intensive support, and, if necessary, a further period to help decide on the best option for them.

The new model will avoid the need for couples to be split up into different care homes, and it will allow residents in similar circumstances to remain at home whilst getting the right support.

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