Bed-blocking has risen more than 40 percent in a year as hospitals continue to be overwhelmed with people needing care.

Research highlights acute problems with delayed discharges – where patients are medically fit to leave hospital but are stuck in beds due to problems arranging care in the community.

And hospitals report this affects their ability to quickly admit emergency A&E patients, so the NHS is working closely with community health services to enable older patients to get the support they need after a hospital stay, back at home.

This care often includes emergency adaptations and our Rapid Response service works to quickly install, often temporary adaptations, to get the patient discharged and back to their own home to convalesce.

Hospital discharge is often delayed as the patient’s own home is not safe for them to return to. NHS procedures ensure that a patient isn’t discharged until:

  • They are medically fit (this can only be decided by the consultant or someone the consultant has said can make the decision on their behalf).
  • They have had an assessment to look at the support needed to be discharged safely.
  • They have been given a written care plan that sets out the support they’ll get to meet assessed needs.
  • The support described in their care plan has been put in place and it’s safe for them to be discharged.

The home assessment will usually highlight problems around access – both into the property and then access to showering and toileting.

Our Rapid Response temporary adaptations include folding ramps to get over steps and thresholds; stairlifts to access first floor facilities and standalone showering and toilet pods – all of which can be installed quickly and with the minimum of disruption.

Our surveyor will quickly consider the home assessment and recommend effective solutions to enable the return home is fast and the bed unblocked swiftly. Our popular shower/toileting pod can be installed in any room in the house within 72 hours. Ramps, grabrails and stairlifts within 24 hours.

Our rapid response equipment is hireable or with a buy-back option and its temporary nature means everything can be removed quickly and easily when no longer required. So, it’s ideal for getting loved ones back into their own homes to continue their recovery.



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