Supporting safe hospital discharge in Manchester
Being discharged from hospital can be a difficult time for older patients, especially when there is uncertainty about where to go next. Many of them feel that they can live independently but may need assistance now and then. At Manchester Royal Infirmary, the staff have been the first port of call for the patients with questions about life after discharge.
In a bid to reduce patients returning to the hospital unnecessarily, Anchor has been assisting Manchester Royal Infirmary in helping hospital patients find suitable accommodation in Anchor properties after they have been discharged.
"A common theme arising in most discussions with nurses, discharge teams and social workers from hospitals across the North West and Yorkshire is that they are not housing advisors or experts.
"And with the chance of patients returning on the increase, they need to be ready to direct them to a reputable housing association that can help", says Adrian Handley, Community Partnership Manager.
With over 7000 specialist properties for older people across North West and Yorkshire, Anchor can offer accommodation very quickly which results in savings for the hospitals and more importantly, the reduction of anxiety and stress that older people experience when they leave hospital.
Anchor provides housing which promotes health and wellbeing. Residents moving into Anchor properties have the benefit of a scheme manager who take care of building maintenance and a 24 hour emergency call system.