Why not home, why not today
HomeFirst is a service that supports people to return home after a stay in hospital. This helps people continue to recover in their own surroundings – regaining their ability to live as independently as possible.
Staying in hospital for longer than necessarily can have a negative impact on how well patients recover, so ensuring people are given the chance to continue their lives at home is important for their long-term health and wellbeing. It also gives an opportunity for family, friends and carers to get involved in recovery goals too.
Research shows that people recover better at home once their treatment in hospital is complete, and our HomeFirst message is ‘hospital may be where you get treated, but home is where you get better’.
Our ‘Lets get you home’ explains the next steps and how the service will support them. Read the patient booklet.
HomeFirst support may include assessments to establish how a patient may:
- Move around your home? This may include appropriate equipment if needed, eg. walking stick or frame to help you.
- Get in and out of your bed and chairs
- Access a toilet or commode
- Able to wash and dress yourself
- Prepare meals and drinks for themselves
We will work with people to assess:
- What short term support we can provide with personal care or meal preparation
- How may the person manage at home on your own after a period of time?
- Will they require on-going support at home?
We usually provide support for up to 6 weeks and during this time we will be able to identify if any ongoing care may be required, and refer to the right people and agencies for additional help if needed. Read more about ongoing care here Wirral Adult Social Care.
Tel: 0151 514 2643 (lines open 7 days a week 8am – 7.30pm)
Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust