HOME FROM HOSPITAL CARE

HELPING TO SPEED UP RECOVERY AFTER A HOSPITAL VISIT BY VISITING AND PROVIDING PRACTICLE HELP FOR PATIENTS

Home from Hospital Care was established in 1972 by the late Geraldine Amos MBE. We work to improve discharge planning and aftercare for patients returning home from health treatment, in order to optimise their chances of recovery. We are proud to be partners with Birmingham City Council, which partly funds the Welcome Home Service. We also receive contributions from companies and trusts which, together with the fundraising activities of staff and volunteers, help to fund the service.

Our voluntary Welcome Home Service receive referrals from nurses, therapists, social/care workers, both in hospital and in the community, general practitioners, carers or patients themselves. Our volunteers have a range of different qualifications and undertake tasks according to their abilities and location. References and Criminal Records checks are sought for all volunteers.

We emphasise the importance of respecting confidentiality and of behaving sensitively towards patients and carers. We regularly hold training sessions covering relevant topics such as first aid, bereavement counselling, claiming benefits, etc. Apart from the Welcome Home Service, the charity’s other work includes development and research. For example, collecting and disseminating information concerning discharge planning and aftercare provision. This could be helpful to hospitals and other organisations, voluntary or statutory