Anchor has piloted an enhanced assessment scheme in partnership with Birmingham City Council and Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group.

The innovative work featured in a report by the think tank Localis and was covered on BBC news last month.

Since mid-December last year, four Anchor care homes have offered a total of 12 enablement beds to Birmingham City Council and the CCG.

It has been estimated that it costs £1,610 to have a patient in a rehabilitative hospital bed for a week. The enablement beds that Anchor provides are generating estimated savings of up to £300,000.

These pilot schemes, which encourage older people to lead more independent lives, have resulted in a reduction in permanent car home placements across the city. Given this initial success Birmingham City Council and the CCG have expanded the contract with Anchor to provide up the 19 enablement beds in two care homes; Kerria Court in Lee Bank and Madeleine House in Stechford.

Anchor’s Regional Operations Director, Jan Street, says: “We have been fortunate to work with innovative partners to achieve positive outcomes for the people of Birmingham and are now in positive discussions with partners across England.

“We are ideally placed to help support the transfer from hospital to close care or a care home environment. Our teams understand the importance of re-enabling individuals to achieve their independence and our broad range of services ensures we can help avoid delays in hospital discharges.

Last month Anchor worked with independent think tank Localis to explore how health and social care can be better integrated across the country. The report, entitled: "Unblocking: Securing a health and social care system that protects older people” makes a number of key recommendations to prevent excessive hospital admissions, delayed transfers of care and unnecessary health costs in the future.

Jan continues: “With the number of people aged 65 and over set to increase by 50% in the next 15 years, we need Government to heed the recommendations of the Unblocking report and ensure the right solutions for older people.”

If you would like to discuss possible partnership opportunities with Anchor, please contact the Community Partnership Managers to find out more about how we could work together.

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