New scheme brings elderly care home

Increased rehabilitation offered for older people in their local communities

A new project which will see older people receive more of their rehabilitation in the comfort of their own community has been launched by NHS Lothian, in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council.

The investment of over £500,000 by NHS Lothian, incorporating care workers from the City of Edinburgh Council, aims to improve the experience for elderly patients by reducing the time they spend in hospital, increasing the amount of rehabilitation they receive and delivering more care in communities.

Jamie Hetherington, Implementation Manager, NHS Lothian, said:

 "This investment will allow elderly people, who are ready to be discharged from hospital, the opportunity to receive ongoing rehabilitation in the comfortable surroundings of their own community."

The project, which will initially focus on orthopaedic patients at the Royal Victoria and stroke rehabilitation patients at the Astley Ainslie Hospital, will provide additional physiotherapists and occupational therapists for hospital and home based care.

"The early results of the project are encouraging," Jamie continued. "It's about helping patients to receive more of their care in the community while maintaining the high standards of practice already in place. This will allow them the chance to benefit from completing their recovery in their own homes."

A number of new posts are being funded to help rehabilitate patients receiving orthopaedic and stroke rehabilitation, with a number of care workers from the City of Edinburgh Council providing re-ablement care in people's homes.

Councillor Paul Edie, Health and Social Care Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said:

 "This project will build on the great work already being carried out by home care teams across the city. Re-ablement has helped transform the way Edinburgh cares for people by giving them long term independence, choice and quality of life while responding to the growth in demand for these services."

David Small, General Manager, Edinburgh CHP said:

 "This is an innovative pilot project and the early feedback from patients and carers has been very good."

The phased implementation of the new model of care will continue until March 2011