This SCIE Social Care TV video examines how to help reduce unnecessary hospital admissions, concentrating particularly on integrated health and social care for elderly people and those with long-term conditions. Key messages in the narrative indicate:
- Older people often have complex health care needs, but suitable support and access to health care can help to identify deteriorating conditions proactively and avoid certain hospital admissions.
- Improved management – including self-management – of long-term conditions, timely responses to acute illness, and better community health provision for care home residents can reduce hospital admissions.
- Avoiding patient deterioration while in hospital helps reduce the length of stay.
- Integrated health and social care services result in improved outcomes for individuals (but may not necessarily reduce emergency admissions).
- The skills, knowledge, and co-operation of health and social care staff are going to be important to enable the NHS emergency admissions system to cope with upward trends in hospital admissions.
Read more and view the video: Social Care TV: Avoiding Unnecessary Hospital Admissions.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].