Rehabilitation services are inadequate says AC report

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

Two thirds of hospital beds are occupied at any one time by people over 65, but many of these people could move out of hospital sooner or need not be there at all if they had access to more effective rehabilitation services, the Audit Commission has found. The Commission says its report, The Way to Go Home, calls for major changes in the approach taken by NHS and social services departments, identifies the key questions that need to be addressed locally by these services, and proposes a framework for strategic joint working. Key findings include: #Care is often poorly co-ordinated, with poor multidisciplinary care, and an absence of protocols to ensure a smooth transfer of care between different parts of the NHS, or between the NHS and social services; #Many older people said that they were not asked what therapy they needed and were not involved in their own rehabilitation programme. Well over a third of stroke patients were not even told what a stroke was while in hospital; and the majority never received o

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