Shared Lives Liverpool
A grant of £69,995 over 3 years
A pilot project to improve the care and rehabilitation of older people when leaving hospital. The focus of the pilot is older people who are being discharged from hospital and who previously lived independently. The aim is to reduce lengthy hospital stays due to the difficulties in arranging either a permanent care home or a temporary placement where they could receive rehabilitation. The older person wil be matched with a volunteer who has space in their home for the older person either for a few weeks, a few months or a longer duration. This will hopefully prevent the older person becoming institutionalised and will be cheaper than either a lengthy hospital stay or care home fees. The project will be piloted in 4 shared lives schemes with each scheme receiving funding to employ someone locally to build the relationships with the acute hospitals and local authorities and to ensure that appropriate referrals are received promptly.