Sector welcomes plans to use care homes

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

Private healthcare providers have welcomed plans being considered by the Government to use nursing homes and other private facilities to provide rahabilitiation services, or Ã’intermediate careÓ for elderly people upon their discharge from hospital. Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) chief executive Frank Ursell said the RNHA welcomed health minister John Denham’s announcement that the Government will explore the idea of using private nursing homes for elderly patients recovering from acute hospital treatment. “The decision to seek a constructive partnership with independent nursing homes represents a common sense approach which will both deliver the right quality of care at the right time, and do so in the most cost-effective way possible,” Mr Ursell said. “The Government appears to have grasped this issue at last. Transferring older patients to nursing homes for their recuperation will ensure that they are cared for in an appropriate setting by qualified staff. This is a crucial phase in their long

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