Moving healthcare closer to home: case studies: enabling early discharge

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This paper is part of a suite of materials developed to support providers and commissioners making decisions about schemes to move healthcare currently provided in acute hospitals to community-based settings. It presents two case studies illustrating how services and schemes can support early discharge. The Early Supported Discharge Service (Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) enables acute hospital patients to be discharged in a timely way by making sure care packages are in place to support their rehabilitation at home. The Discharge to Assess (South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust) enables patients to be discharged earlier from acute inpatient wards by co-ordinating care in alternative settings. Important features include the trusted assessment between health and social care, in-house reablement and rehabilitation, and care co-ordinators to support patients and their families throughout the discharge process. (Edited publisher abstract)

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integrated care, case studies, community care, home care, hospital discharge, care pathways, reablement;
Content type:
practice example
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