Home First service supports people to live independently

13:58, Wednesday, 8th April 2020

A North Lincolnshire Council and North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group funded partnership is continuing to provide the Home First team to work with local hospitals, reducing pressure at this critical time, while supporting people to remain as independent as possible.

The key worker team is using new ways of working to help support residents to be discharged from hospital safely, within two hours of being identified as medically fit.

From there, Home First community teams, where possible, are supporting people to self-care and self-isolate.

Home First includes social care workers, occupational therapy, nursing, physiotherapy and primary care support, who work together to enable people to regain or improve the skills and confidence that they need to live independently, following a stay in hospital.

Funded by North Lincolnshire Council and North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, the service comprises of:

  • Home First Hospital, based at Scunthorpe General Hospital, supporting people out of hospital as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Home First Short Stay, based at Sir John Mason House in Winterton and run by a multi-agency team of social care and health staff, supporting people to regain essential daily living skills.
  • Home First Community – supporting people in their own homes, helping them to retain or improve their daily living and mobility skills and enabling them to stay independent.

Home First short stay remains open in the usual way but is unable to accept visitors at this time.  Staff are encouraging and supporting people to make use of technology to keep in touch with friends and family.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“Home First provides a vital service for many people in North Lincolnshire to ensure they remain independent for as long as possible. The teams are working closely with the hospital so that those leaving the care of the hospital are supported to access everything they need.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all of the Home First service workers for continuing to provide an amazing service for the most vulnerable in our communities.”