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Lack of Home Care blocking hospital discharge

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:29 pm
by Katharine_1710
Hi All,

I was hoping someone could give me some advice, my mum is currently in hospital and has been deemed fit for discharge however they have been unable to secure homecare services (she had 3 visits per day prior to being admitted) and therefore cannot be released until it is set up. Not being able to get home is affecting her mood and she is becoming quite depressed. Can anyone advise if there are targets/timescales that homecare must be provided within. She lives in the South Lanarkshire area in Scotland.

Re: Lack of Home Care blocking hospital discharge

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:17 pm
by Penny
As far as I know there are no timescales. Some areas really struggle to find care workers. My mum lived in a rural area on the coast and we waited months to get home carers which we were paying for. I rang so many agencies with no joy. We were told that if you're in a town or not too far flung then you're OK and that my Mums area was a blackspot.

Your mum is probably keen to get home but you need to explain to her that just now it's not possible and that waiting will pay off.