Successful Reablement Unit helps to get patients out of hospital
2016-17 saw partners from Nottinghamshire Healthcare, New Care Homes and Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire working together to run a 23 bedded Short Stay Reablement Unit (SSRU) situated in The Grand Care Centre, West Bridgford.
This Reablement Unit is for patients who are not yet safe to return to their home environment, but who could be discharged from hospital if sufficient care and therapy provision is available in a residential setting to meet their rehabilitation needs.
The Unit opened its doors last year, offering bed based reablement services to patients across the south of the County. The focus since the Unit opened has been to enable patients to achieve their goals and for clinicians to ensure patients can get home within 14 days of admission, wherever possible. The team works really closely with community and social services to enable people to get home safely with the appropriate support. The Unit has also been able to help free up hospital beds for those that really need them.
A review of the first year found 382 patients had been through the pathway and of those, 78% went home, 14% went back to an acute hospital, 5% went to a medical rehab unit and 3% went to long term placement. Of those who went home, after 90 days, only 5% were readmitted to hospital.
Julie Wooder, Head of Service and Lead of the Project said: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of the Reablement Unit. The positive results are down to the hard work and commitment of the team. They are all dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our patients to ensure that where appropriate, they can go home as soon as possible.”
Ernest Codling, a former patient said: “I’m not one for making speeches, but I’d like to say, on behalf of us all, a very big thank you to the staff. The care and attention they have shown to me, and all of us, has been outstanding. They took me home today to see how I’d settle in and they’ve done the best for me. I’d like to thank them again for everything they’ve done. I think it’s a marvellous place and I give my most