Funding to support the Just Got Home service at Fordingbridge Hospital

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FUNDING of over £9,000 has been awarded to support a hospital discharge program in Fordingbridge to help people retain their independence.

New Forest Disability Information Services (NFDIS) has received additional grants from the New Forest District Council (NFDC) to strengthen its Just Got Home hospital discharge program.

The program has received a £10,000 grant to expand Just Got Home to Lymington Hospital and £9,750 to roll out the program to Fordingbridge Hospital, which started this month.

The NFDIS meets with hospitalized patients who are due to return home soon, to provide advice and information, as well as to help coordinate services for a quick discharge from hospital.

The Just Got Home service aims to help residents stay more comfortable, safe and independent in their own homes. They work with neighborhood council housing teams who can provide housing adaptations if needed.

Geraldine Spencer, outreach and projects manager and deputy chief executive of NFDIS, says the charity is “delighted” to have received funding for the program and has been “long keen to expand it”.

Adding: ‘We are so delighted to be able to reach more New Forest residents and very grateful to the New Forest District Council.’

Under the program, a counselor visits patients before they are discharged and after they return home and can help people get equipment to help them at home, such as stairlifts or showers. level access, arrange transport or food online. Fire safety visits can also be arranged, as can mobile services like a hairdresser or podiatrist.

Geraldine says the support aims to ‘increase independence to be as safe as possible and have the best quality of life’ and looks at the ‘bigger picture’ to pick up on needs that may have been missed by other agencies.

“It’s really about having a better life when they go home than they might have had when they went to the hospital,” she added.

“It’s a very inexpensive way to prevent hospital admissions, help get timely discharge, and help people get support so they can have the best quality of care.” life and stay independent. It’s a way to give back and increase independence by putting things in place to help.

Cllr Jill Cleary, NFDC’s housing and homelessness portfolio holder, said: ‘This funding will help people continue to live independently in their own homes and it’s so important that we expand our support for this service. community so that help can be provided when needed. ”

New Forest District Councilor for Fordingbridge, Cllr Ann Sevier, welcomed the project’s arrival in Fordingbridge as it was working “very well” in Lymington, where it has operated for several years.

“I am absolutely delighted to have this program for Fordingbridge,” she added. “It’s about the people of Fordingbridge. Little things can make such a difference to people. The other problem is that people are now miles away from loved ones and dependent on neighbors and churches.

“It’s an added safety mechanism. So many people are in isolation so there has to be something like that available to help those people and give them the confidence to go home and manage at home so they can restore their lives at home.”

“It’s important for people to come home and have the life they want. People don’t want to be in hospital,” said Cllr Sevier who says she has been pushing for this for three years.

“Residents should be able to return home and resume their lives.”

Speaking of the charity’s expertise, she said: ‘They are very experienced and knowledgeable.

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