Journal Article

Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? The Role of Care Homes in Tackling Delayed Hospital Discharges

Jon Glasby and Melanie Henwood

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 37, issue 2, pages 299-312
Published in print February 2007 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online December 2005 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch418
Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution? The Role of Care Homes in Tackling Delayed Hospital Discharges

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As part of current UK policies to reduce the number of delayed hospital discharges, a number of commentators have identified an alleged crisis in the care home market as one of key contributing factors. With local authorities under pressure to cut costs, it is argued, the number of care homes is reducing, and delays in hospital can often result. Behind this diagnosis is a series of assumptions about the role and nature of care home provision, the appropriateness of this form of service for many older people, and the need for more care homes to reduce the number of hospital delays. In order to explore and critique these assumptions, this paper reviews the role of care homes in tackling delayed discharges, and argues the need for fewer and different care home placements rather than more of this type of provision.

Keywords: hospital discharge; care homes; older people

Journal Article.  5876 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Work

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