Brunelcare is proud to be working in partnership with Somerset County Council as one of three providers of the county’s ‘Home First’ initiative.

This Somerset health and social care initiative is freeing up hospital beds by giving people the care they need at home. The initiative was launched as a pilot in September 2017, which has since been extended due to its success.

In fact, according to Somerset County Council, the number of people facing unnecessary delays in leaving hospital in the region has reduced by an impressive 60 per cent compared to the same time last year. This reduction in delays is due to the success of the Home First initiative, allowing people to return home from hospital sooner.

Brunelcare’s Somerset Community Services team  (pictured) have Reablement teams working in partnership with Musgrove Park Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital, working alongside therapists to facilitate hospital discharge. The Reablement teams then provide short to medium term care and support, to help people recover and regain their independence at home.

Anne Whaley, Operations Manager for Brunelcare’s Somerset Community Services Team says:

“I am delighted that we are part of this pilot. It has been very rewarding working alongside hospital and adult social care staff. Our team has been fully engaged from the first joint assessment right through to enabling the clients to help achieve their outcomes and helping people return to their own homes sooner.”

See Somerset County Council news, 14 January 2018

Press Coverage:

Western Daily Press, 21 April 2018

Western Gazette, 26 April 2018

Wells Journal, 26 April 2018

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