Guild Care, Age UK West Sussex and Age UK Horsham District, working in partnership, have been chosen as the new providers for West Sussex County Council’s ‘Home from Hospital’ service for the next two years.
The charities will commence the service provision providing up to six weeks personalised/home-based support for older people and vulnerable adults following a stay in hospital anywhere in West Sussex.
The service will include contact with the customer following referral with an assessment being undertaken within 2 working days of the person returning home; help with the organisation of transport to return home and a support plan implemented through careful matching with a local volunteer who will be able to offer practical and emotional support with signposting to other services where needed.
Bill Demel, Guild Care Operations Director in the Community said: “Guild Care is delighted to be working in partnership with our Age UK colleagues to provide this much needed countywide service.’’
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing Christine Field said: ‘This service is vital in helping our more vulnerable residents to come home from hospital and be reassured that there is help to settle them back in to their homes and support them to regain their independent way of life. The County Council is delighted to be working with Age UK West Sussex, Age UK Horsham District and Guild Care and I look forward to seeing this service develop.’
The service will be delivered across the county from 1 December 2013 with Guild Care being responsible for the Adur and Worthing areas.