Commenting on new figures published today by the charity Age UK showing that high numbers of older people are “trapped” in hospital because there is nowhere else for them to go, Jonathan Ellis, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Hospice UK, said:
”The high numbers of older people in hospital include those who are approaching the end of life, many of whom have no clinical need to be there and would much prefer to spend their final days supported in the comfort of their own home, or in a hospice.
“Tackling gaps in social care is critical to helping reducing pressure on hospitals. However, we also need to look at the different needs of people who find themselves in a hospital bed and who could be better supported through community-based care. Better joint working between hospitals and a variety of care organisations, including hospices, will be just as important to achieving this.
“Many hospices are already working with hospitals to reduce the number of people in hospital beds at the end of life by providing alternative care. We have asked the Government to expand this work by backing a national programme to help reduce the number of people in hospital beds at the end of life by 50,000 each year.
“Our initiative would deliver a better care experience and generate an estimated £80m in savings annually for the NHS.”
Notes to Editor
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
- Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
- For further information about hospice care follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
- Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK at: www.ehospice.com/uk This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at@ehospicenews.