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Reducing Hospital Admissions via Improved Care Home Standards

  • Reducing Hospital Admissions:
    • Challenges of Aging Population: Aging population requires more care, posing challenges for healthcare systems.
    • Impact on Hospitals: High hospital admissions and readmissions for elderly care home residents strain healthcare resources.
  • Improving Care Home Facilities:
    • Proper Development: Focus on developing care homes with adequate provisions to reduce incidents and illnesses.
    • Modifications: Existing care homes can be modified to better cater to the needs of elderly residents and prevent hospital stays.
  • Enhancing Care Home Staffing:
    • Professional Training: Staff need training to address complex health issues associated with aging, including mental health deterioration.
    • Dedicated Treatment: Providing dedicated treatment and medical guidance within care homes can reduce hospital admissions.
  • Better Regulations:
    • Role of Regulations: Regulations ensure well-run facilities, minimizing hospital admissions while maintaining humane standards.
    • Enforcement: Stricter enforcement of regulations incentivizes care homes to maintain high standards, benefiting residents’ health.
  • Utilizing Technology in Care Homes:
    • Monitoring Health: Technology enables remote health monitoring, providing insights into residents’ health and activity levels.
    • Wrist-Monitoring Devices: Implementation of wearable devices like wrist monitors can track residents’ health and sleep patterns, aiding care home staff in providing timely care.

No matter what time of the year, elderly people, who are making up a larger and larger proportion of our population, require more care and more attention.

It’s a problem we have to face up to as a country, with an aging population which could eventually be the one thing to bring the NHS to its knees.

This issue is both a large and a small-scale one, it could be something which cripples our economy, but it’s also heartbreaking for our loved ones because the low standards in some care homes is often preventable.

There are several ways in which we can reduce hospital admissions for the elderly portion of our population.

A report in 2011-12 showed that hospital admissions for care home residents were high, and it also showed there is a higher level of readmission compared to the rest of the population.

With this in mind, it’s clear that rather than keep plunging these people in and out of hospital, care homes could both improve their standards as well as taking on some of the burden.

Ways to Improve Care Home Facilities

The first issue which should be addressed is the care homes themselves.

Proper care home development should ensure that all provisions are taken care of, helping to lower everything from trips and spills, to sickness and disease.

This should be a lot easier to implement for new care homes in development, but it’s also not an outlandish suggestion for current care homes to receive modifications so that they can better deal with the needs of elderly residents who might spend long period in hospital otherwise.

Better Care Home Staff

Many care homes are staffed with caring, attentive and hardworking staff, but the fact of the matter is that with greater age comes a greater risk of developing multiple health issues. Mobility and fragility is one thing, but the deterioration of mental health which comes with increased age is something different altogether – a facet of a person’s health which requires experience and professional training.

While care home staff help on a day-to-day basis, hospital admissions could be lowered if residents in care homes received dedicated treatment and professional medical guidance.

Better Regulations

The regulations which care homes must adhere to have been called into question over the last few years.

These play an important role in how well a care home is being run; a well-run facility could ensure hospital admissions and readmissions are kept to a minimum while still providing humane and medically sound facilities for residents.

Only when the punishment for not meeting high standards is meted out will we see the health of care home residents improve.

Ways to Use Technology Better in Care Homes

It might seem like a futuristic idea, but the use of technology in care homes could have huge benefits for residents and their health.

There are now many ways in which health can be monitored, with the information easy to get hold of and analyse.

Implementing something along the lines of a wrist-monitor, which people usually use during exercise, could give care home staff an insight into the health and activity of residents throughout the day and monitor their sleep at night.

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