For older people in particular, we know that longer stays in hospital can lead to worse health outcomes and can increase their long-term care needs. Therefore, wherever possible, people should be supported to return to their home for assessment. The quick guide ‘discharge to assess’ supports local systems to reduce delays in hospital by implement a discharge to assess model where going home is the default pathway.
As Professor Martin Vernon writes in this blog, “People with frailty do not bounce back quickly from illness or accidents. They need time and support in the right place to enable them to recover. The last thing a person with frailty needs is to be kept waiting unnecessarily in hospital for an assessment to get access to care and support.”