Hospital Homecoming is a two-year test of change project funded by the NHS Grampian Endowment Fund and NHS Charities Together. There are eleven test of change sites across the area covered by NHS Grampian with three in the Aberdeenshire area – Huntly and Clashindarroch, Portlethen and New Pitsligo/Central Buchan.
The Project is designed to facilitate speedier hospital discharge for those who may be isolated and lonely and require additional support at home post discharge. It is recognized that many people do not have the support networks of family, friends and neighbours and this can impede prompt hospital discharge and recuperation at home.
Support will come from Community Groups and volunteers and will be in place for up to 12 weeks depending on the individuals needs. The support may include things like shopping (Shopping for, shopping with or facilitating internet shopping), Prescription pick up, transport to appointments, friendly chats/phone calls, befriending and check ins, Dog walking etc. No personal care (Washing, showering, bathing) or medication administration will be undertaken as part of this project.
An enabling approach will be taken by Community Groups and volunteers to encourage independent living and integration within the local community. It is anticipated the support provided will prevent any subsequent readmission to hospital relating to loneliness or isolation.
Some Hospital Homecoming support services are now available to prevent hospital admission and to support people waiting for surgery. Please enquire with the Community Support Coordinator as to what is available in your area.