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.
Quality in Ageing and Older Adults – Emerald Publishing
Published: Mar 8, 2013
Keywords: Care homes; Community; Quality of life; Prevention; Older people; Community care; United Kingdom