Help them home: the challenges facing the families of older patients

Royal Voluntary Service, December 2015

This study, from Royal Voluntary Service, explores the experiences of families of older patients during hospital discharge and transition and reveals that while family networks come together at the point of crisis, many are unable to continue that support at home when their older relatives leave hospital.  The Royal Voluntary Service calls on communities, local authorities and the NHS to work in partnership to provide more volunteers in hospitals and support vulnerable older people in their homes following discharge from hospital.

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Lack of support after hospital doubles readmissions for older people

Royal Voluntary Service, November 2014

Older people returning home from hospital without enough support are more than twice as likely to be readmitted within three months, according to a new report published by the Royal Voluntary Service.

The findings of the report reveal in the last five years almost 200,000 people aged over 75 returned home from hospital without the support they needed to look after themselves, and thousands of readmissions could be prevented if they received more help at discharge.

Click here for further information and to download the report.