The impact of bed-blocking is undeniable, whatever it is called, such excess bed days or delayed transfer of care (DToC) days. The chart shows the averages for in-patient days of frail and elderly patients.
1. People who are relatively healthy can be returned to independent living, after an average stay of 12.3 days, with more than half for medical treatment
2. People who are in poor health, or dehydrated owing to delayed admission, need a period of stabilisation before medical treatment, which may be longer than normal. Health outcomes are poorer and they may not be able to return to independent living. Finding care provision is a lengthy process and the average stay increases to 31.7 days, two and a half times longer.
3. There’s a difference in cost for the extra 19.4 days is about £5000, but, most of all, valuable beds are lost that could be use for medical treatment.
4. There’s value in improving the health and wellbeing of people living independently. Part of the solution is to use IoT technology that alerts risks to normal activities of daily living, such as moving around, eating, drinking, keeping warm and taking medication.
5. techUK has a role in raising awareness of Technology Enabled Care (TEC) with social services, NHS, housing providers and the voluntary sector.
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