Service will help reduce pressure on hospitals and care homes

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A new service has been launched for a six month trial period in Cottesmore with the aim of reducing the strain on hospitals and care homes.

The ‘Stepping Stones’ service is delivered through a partnership between Rutland County Council, Spire Homes and the East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group. The service provides individuals with a one bedroom supported flat, adapted to their needs and is available for two to four weeks on average, depending on the level of support required. Social workers will make a direct referral to enable people to access the service.

Spire Homes’ staff provide housing related support, well-being checks and practical support with domestic duties. The flat is also fitted with an emergency lifeline which is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The aim is to provide supported accommodation for people who no longer need specialist medical care but cannot return home in the short term due to a change in their housing needs. It is also accessible to those requiring suitable accommodation to prevent unnecessary admissions to hospital or care homes.

Amy Callaway, who is head of community support services at Spire Homes, said: “As we hear more and more about the strain that hospitals are under, we’re hoping Stepping Stones will not only free up bed spaces but more importantly, give patients the support they need after coming out of hospital and the right type of accommodation whilst their home is adapted so it suits their needs.

“Rather than providing care, our staff are focused on building up the confidence and independence of Stepping Stones clients, in partnership with their social worker and other professionals involved in their support. By creating a home from home, we can help people adjust to a slightly different way of living, supporting them to maintain their independence and return to their homes.”