CSCI – choice is denied to many older people

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

A detailed study by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) has found that the threat delayed discharge penalities meant many older people leaving hospital are being denied choice. CSCI¹s report Leaving Hospital ­ the price of delays looked at people¹s experience of the hospital discharge system in seven areas across the country. It focused particularly on individuals¹ experiences of the effect of the Government¹s reimbursement policy implemented in January 2004. Although some areas had excellent arrangements that offered people real choices about how to meet their needs, the study found that too many people went into care services that suited the local system, with a short-term approach that failed to give them choices for their needs and wishes for future care. The report contains many examples of people¹s experiences. One older person told CSCI: “They tried to talk me into a home, but I was having none of it”. Another told how they were sent to a nursing home after leaving hospital, instead

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