Wokingham Borough Council is making the transfer back home easier for residents leaving hospital while freeing up hospital beds for those awaiting procedures.
The council has opened a new specialist facility at Suffolk Lodge, one of its residential care home in Wokingham, to provide residents leaving hospital the opportunity to have a period of assessment and reablement before returning home.
The Oak Wing, which can support up to eight Wokingham residents at a time, provides a specialist team incorporating therapists, trained support staff, reablement assistants, social workers and health colleagues, who work in partnership to facilitate the independence of the resident and their desired outcomes.
“The Oak Wing provides a safe environment where important decisions about peoples’ long term care can be carefully assessed and considered, allowing the resident to avoid feeling pressurised to make a quick decision about their future without having time to consider all their options,” said Cllr Charles Margetts, executive member for health, wellbeing and adult services.
“The Oak Wing has played a vital role in significantly reducing the number of discharge delays due to social care needs. To date 38 residents have used the facility with 29 of them being able to return home”.
This service is also available to those in the community in crisis, as well as offering additional capacity for emergency or planned respite for carers.
The Oak Wing has a communal kitchen, and living area, and adapted bathroom with a range of equipment and technology enabled care to help residents trial and relearn new ways of managing their activities of daily living.
For further information about care and support for adults visit Wokingham Borough Council’s website and search adult services.