Some recent work by AGE UK has highlighted the delays elderly people experience in securing aids and adaptations to their homes before they can leave hospital. New figures suggest that some older people can spend a month longer in hospital, while waiting for alterations to be done to accommodate them after they have been discharged.
The extended hospital stay probably costs the NHS at least £6,000, whereas the adaptations can often cost less than £1,500. It seems obvious at the current system should be speeded up.
Shrinking Local Authority budgets, protracted approval processes and lack of co-ordinated, joined up thinking, have been a problem in this area for years and it seems nothing has altered. A radical change in the system is needed.
AGE UK has gone on a tangent and suggested that all new homes should be designed for easy adaptability. There is nothing wrong with this suggestion but only just over 100,000 new homes are built each year and most of them are for families. So in that way the problem may be solved in the next millennia.
Currently only around 3% of homes meet accessibility standards, so a lot of older people will languish in hospital a lot longer unless:-
AGE UK learn to rage about ability aids and adaptations and demand a new system!