Nonagenarian Iris Pick was able to celebrate her 94th birthday at home after her discharge from hospital was speeded up thanks to an initiative run by Sirona care & health.
Iris, who was 94 on January 2, was able to be home for Christmas and New Year after spending time in Bristol’s Southmead Hospital and a “step-down” bed in the community.
Sirona operates the initiative called Discharge to Assess in partnership with North Bristol Trust and South Gloucestershire Council and means individuals, who are medically well, are able to leave hospital quickly and safely.
Cathy Daffada, Sirona’s Lead for Patient Discharge and Flow, said: “We know people recover better in their own surroundings or in a community setting following a hospital stay due to illness, surgery or injury.
“Staying in hospital longer than is needed means an individual’s mobility and other functions, such as independently performing activities of daily and personal care, can be lost.
“For those not yet able to go home but who do not need the high-level medical care provided in hospital, there are what are known as step-down beds in the community in care homes and community hospitals where individuals can have intensive rehabilitation or support for complex long term needs.”