Need support with independent living?
If you’re a member of a hospital discharge or community health team in Lincolnshire, find out how the Hospital Avoidance Response Team (HART) can help keep your patients safe and well at home.
How HART helps
• Empowering and enabling
• Helping maintain a safe living environment
• Ensuring house is comfortable
• Ensuring daily essentials for living are available
• Signposting to other services, such as the Wellbeing Service, and access to Advocacy
• Changing linen
• Food preparation
• Bathing and showering
• Supporting continence care including catheter care
• Medication support
• Supporting to get in and out of bed
• Tilting or turning a customer (where equipment is available)
• Mangar ELK’assistance for non-injury falls
• contacting emergency services
Key facts and performance data
If you represent a commissioning organisation, Hospital Avoidance Response Team (HART) key facts and performance data show how this preventive service is impacting the local community and economy.
Commissioner: Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS)
Aim: to assist Lincolnshire County Hospitals in avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions and delayed hospital discharges, ie, to help reduce attendance at A & E, emergency admissions, protracted hospital stays and other delayed transfers of care and, at the same time, to enable people to regain and retain independence.
Service description: HART provides up to 72 hours’ support at home where hospital admission is deemed inappropriate or avoidable, or after hospital discharge, when responsive or planned care can either bridge a gap until longer-term arrangements are established, or provide short-term support to sustain independence.
Scope: County wide service including in East Lindsey, where the service is subcontracted to Walnut Care.
This is achieved via:
- provision and immediate installation of TeleCare/lifeline personal safety alarms
- TeleCare monitoring and 24/7 response support
- planned personal care, including medication support, bathing, repositioning, food preparation and shopping
- cross-referrals into the Wellbeing Service to support longer-term independence, where appropriate.