Are you going into hospital and think that you will struggle to take care of yourself when you are discharged?
Help is available to smooth your path until you re-gain your confidence and independence. If it is a planned hospital admission then you can speak to the nurse during your pre op assessment or alternatively you can speak to the staff when you are on the hospital ward. The hospital will then ensure that arrangements have been made for you, and that you are safe to go home before discharging you from their care.
The Targeted Intervention Service provided by Social Services may be able to help if you cannot cope with day-to-day tasks such as personal care, preparing meals and moving around. The hospital will refer you for this service if appropriate. Visit the Care Within the Home page for more information.
The British Red Cross offers a ‘Support at Home Service’ where volunteers can help to rebuild your confidence, offer companionship and help with shopping and collecting prescriptions immediately following your discharge from hospital for up to 6 weeks. They can also help if you have attended Accident and Emergency and been discharged home. Further information is available from their website: British Red Cross
The British Red Cross can also loan mobility aids and other aids and equipment that will make life easier e.g. wheelchair, commode, bath seat, back rest. Their local contact telephone number is: 01239 615945 or further information is available from their website: British Red Cross
Advice and Information
The Independent Age Charity provides support and advice for older people. You may find their guide on ‘Hospital Care in Wales: Everything you need to know before, during and after your stay’ useful. Please click on the following link: www.independentage.org
They have also produced a series of ‘Wise Guides’ (including Advice for later life – support and entitlements for over-65s, and Extra help at home – essential advice for over-65's to live independently) with lots of helpful information and useful tips. Please click on the following link: www.independentage.org
Alternatively, if you wish to speak to one of their advisers you may telephone them on 0800 319 6789 (Monday to Friday, 10.00 - 16.00) or you may email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Age Cymru also provides support and advice for older people. They have lots of guides and factsheets in relation to ‘Help with care in your Home’ on their website, please click on the following link: www.ageuk.org.uk
Alternatively they can be contacted as follows:
Telephone: 01970 615151
Telephone: 01239 615777