One in seven people aged 85 or over is living permanently in a care home. The evidence suggests that many of these people are not having their needs properly assessed and addressed. As a result, they often experience unnecessary, unplanned and avoidable admissions to hospital, and sub-optimal medication.
The enhanced health care homes model lays out a clear vision for providing joined up primary, community and secondary, social care to residents of care and nursing homes, via a range of services.
Seven key components and eighteen sub-components which define the care homes model are put forward, with practical guidance explaining how organisations and providers can make the transition and implement the whole model.
These plans can help transform the way care is delivered, with staff from across health and social care organisations working together as part of multidisciplinary teams to deliver high quality and financially sustainable care.
The enhanced health in care homes (EHCH) care model is one of a number of new care models that are delivering whole population healthcare. It will become a core element of the multispecialty community provider (MCP) and primary and acute care system (PACS) models.