Home from hospital
Cost of project
Home from Hospital Care became a charity in 1986 after its founder, Geraldine Amos MBE investigated inadequate discharges from a hospital in Birmingham.
What is Home from Hospital?
After research into poor discharges from hospital, pilot schemes were set up and Home from Hospital Care – Welcome Home Scheme in Birmingham became a registered charity. The first scheme was set up in the city centre and by the year 2000 Home from Hospital Care had expanded to cover the South of Birmingham. This was gradually expanded to encompass the whole Birmingham area in 2012. This year we are celebrating 30 years of Home from Hospital Care being a registered charity!
Sadly, Home from Hospital Care suffered the sudden loss of its founder, Geraldine, in June 2014.
Home from Hospital offers a variety of Volunteering services for Patients who are recently discharged from Hospital, and one of these services is the supply of an Emergency Food Parcel. The patient returning from a stay in Hospital benefits from the service by being able to be in their own environment and so being comfortable in their surroundings and not having to immediately think of how to survive the first days in regards to shopping or having to ask a relative/friend/neighbour for assistance in this regard. This promotes independence, in that the patient is doing for themselves and reduces the load on said relative etc. The emergency food parcel service also is of value to health care professionals, as this means that there is less of a drain on resources in that they free up a bed that would have remained occupied, if that patient had not been discharged. Another aspect of this is that the health care professional knows that the patient has sufficient food to go home with and also that they have enough to last for a few days without having to venture outside straight away.
Referrals for food parcels come from Hospitals or other health care facilities.The numbers of requests for food parcels increases each year, it has increased by a 100 this year alone, which proves that this service is not only worthwhile but helps more and more patients about to be discharged from hospital. The benefits of being able to keep a person independent and in the community instead of occupying a bed in hospital or other health care facility can be counted in monetary terms but the positive affect and result on the patient cannot be counted easily, the emotional effects, the dignity are also just a few aspects.
If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?
If successful, Home from Hospital would like to use the funding to purchase these Emergency Food Parcels as mentioned above. When a person has been in hospital for a period of time, they may not have fresh food to go home to, and indeed, this may mean the difference between remaining in an unknown Hospital environment or being in the comfort of their own home.
Each food parcel is purchased freshly, for each individual patient and can mean that they are discharged from hospital, or other health care facility, rather than waiting for another person or agency to intervene and provide food and the delay associated with this. The food parcel has enough in it that the patient may be able to use for several days to make a light meal or sandwich, giving them the time they may need to stay at home and recuperate for the initial days after they leave hospital. These food parcels are tailor made to support individual patients’ needs, for example, a diabetic, or someone suffering with food intolerances. Generally, each parcel costs around £11.00, and will contain the following general items: Bread, Cereals, Milk, Cheese, Eggs, Butter/ Spread, a small packet of sliced Meat, cup- a – soups, Biscuits/ Cakes, Teabags, and Fresh Fruit.
Where can people go to find out more about Home from Hospital?
For more information about Home from Hospital, please contact: Jackie Owen, Manager.
Tel: 0121 472 4499
You can find out more about Home from Hospital by visiting their Website
Home from Hospital is also on Facebook