Councils open assessment centres

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Two local authorities have recently opened new assessment facilities which they hope will reduce hospital bed-blocking and residential care placements. East Sussex County Council has opened a new seven-bed facility in Crowborough, and Wigan Council, in partnership with the Wigan Borough Primary Care and NHS Tusts, and the private sector, has opened the 40-bed Alexandra Court intermediate care centre in Pemberton. At the East Sussex Willows suite, up to seven people aged 65 or over who have been moved from hospital can be accommodated. It is intended that during a stay of two weeks, their future care needs will be assessed, resulting in a return home, with homecare support if needed, or long term residential care. The council hopes to recruit up to six staff to operate the centre. Wigan¹s new centre has the same aims, but on a much grander scale. Its facilities include an extensive therapy room, assessment kitchen and a range of other rooms for people to have quiet meetings and one-to-one treatment where nece

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