We want everyone who is eligible and able to be at home with their families this Christmas. But if what if you need additional support, or you are not sure if your home environment is set up to aid recovery? That’s where the dedicated Home First team can support.
Natalie Bainbridge, Clinical Coordinator for the Transfer of Care Hub, and her colleagues, a multi-disciplinary team can assess patients in their own environment and make recommendations for ongoing care or equipment as required.
Natalie is a keen supporter of recovering at home and is fully behind the Home For Christmas initiative.
“Being at home is really advantageous to patients. Recovery is a lot quicker, you’re in the comfort of your own home, being cared for in the comfort of your own home. Obviously the hospital is a 24-hour service so you can be in a ward with other people, you might not get the sleep that you need, to help you to recover.
“There are many services out there now in the community that can practically do everything you would get in a hospital environment, just minus a doctor, you can get get everything else. There’s district nurses, there’s therapy, you can have OT and physio in the comfort of your own home, you can practice your own stairs.
“Being at home for Christmas is really important because it’s important to be around your family at this time of year in the comfort of your own home. Nobody wants to be in hospital at any time but Christmas in particular, it’s really important for us to get as many patients home as we can in time for Christmas to spend with their families and help aid that recovery from being in hospital.”