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Making care homes part of the community? An evaluation of the Gloucestershire Partnerships for Older People Project

Making care homes part of the community? An evaluation of the Gloucestershire Partnerships for... Purpose – This paper report on the evaluation of a project that aimed to improve the integration of care homes with health and social care services and with the wider community. Design/methodology/approach – The evaluation adopted a mixed methods approach, combining quantitative performance data with semi‐structured stakeholder interviews and emergency bed use costings. Findings – The evaluation suggests that the project made significant steps towards integrating care homes with the health and social care community and demonstrated cost savings through reduced hospital bed use. Practical implications – Health and social care interventions aimed at upskilling care home staff can increase standards of care and quality of life for residents; they are also likely to highlight unmet needs. Originality/value – The project demonstrated the need for better integration of health and social care services with care homes in order to improve quality of life for residents. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality in Ageing and Older Adults Emerald Publishing

Making care homes part of the community? An evaluation of the Gloucestershire Partnerships for Older People Project

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1471-7794
DOI
10.1108/14717791311311120
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper report on the evaluation of a project that aimed to improve the integration of care homes with health and social care services and with the wider community. Design/methodology/approach – The evaluation adopted a mixed methods approach, combining quantitative performance data with semi‐structured stakeholder interviews and emergency bed use costings. Findings – The evaluation suggests that the project made significant steps towards integrating care homes with the health and social care community and demonstrated cost savings through reduced hospital bed use. Practical implications – Health and social care interventions aimed at upskilling care home staff can increase standards of care and quality of life for residents; they are also likely to highlight unmet needs. Originality/value – The project demonstrated the need for better integration of health and social care services with care homes in order to improve quality of life for residents.

Journal

Quality in Ageing and Older AdultsEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 8, 2013

Keywords: Care homes; Community; Quality of life; Prevention; Older people; Community care; United Kingdom

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