Tipton home operator offers help to elderly in hospital
PUBLISHED: 13:19 18 October 2011
Angela Court operator launches emergency help for elderly stuck in hospital
CARE home operator PSP Healthcare, which runs Angela Court care home in Tipton St John near Sidmouth, has launched an emergency programme to help families and supporters of elderly people stuck in hospital.
In response to the damning Care Quality Commission report, which highlighted serious shortfalls in the care of the elderly in hospital, this initiative allows for speedy admission into one of their homes, says PSP.
Prospective residents can benefit from funding support via the company’s £1m subsidy fund, designed to help the elderly afford private healthcare.
Group operations director, Wayne Shermon said: “The crisis facing public healthcare for the elderly is terrible.
“While, in my experience, staff on the ground do their very best, they are seriously hampered by budget cuts.”
He said those with elderly relatives or friends in hospital could contact the company, which can often arrange a clinical assessment with 24 hours, and submit an application to its subsidy fund to help with costs.
“Certainly for older people we believe that long term care is best entrusted to a nursing home environment,” he said.
“Within a nursing home, care is individually planned taking into account all of the residents needs, from nutrition to social welfare.
“This often makes nursing home care much more cost effective than keeping the same individual in hospital.
“To put it bluntly, the government is wasting taxpayers’ money keeping thousands of older people in the wrong environment during these times of cuts.”