Care home matron plans in West Norfolk

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Care home matron schemes and extra help for carers are some of the new initiatives to be introduced.

West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group is commissioning the care home matrons scheme in a few general practices in the area.

The scheme aims to identify and assess frail people in care homes and to put together a co-ordinated package to ensure their condition does not deteriorate and require a hospital stay.

The carer support scheme is also hoping to avoid hospital stays.

The initiative is targeted at supporting those people that have a heavy caring responsibility and are often ‘invisible’ to health and social services and not having their own needs met.

The integrated commissioning scheme will create a database of carers, connect them with support networks and provide tailor-made advice.

A study found that problems associated with the carer’s ability to provide support contributed to readmission to hospital in 62 per cent of cases and that carer stress was a major reason for admission to residential care in 39 per cent of cases.

Carers without good support can also suffer health problems.