Nursing Homes Ireland has stated nursing homes in Co Kildare are positioned to facilitate timely discharges from acute hospitals of people back into the community and must be utilised, where appropriate. An snapshot survey undertaken by NHI of bed availability within the county informed 104 beds were available within the 11 private and voluntary nursing homes in Co Kildare.
Tadhg Daly, NHI CEO, emphasised nursing homes are dedicated, home-from-home healthcare settings that can meet care needs beyond long-term residential care, including respite, transitional, rehabilitative care.
He said: “Our nursing homes in Co Kildare are primarily positioned to facilitate timely discharges from Naas General and hospitals within Dublin, where appropriate. Many people associate nursing home care with long-stay care but it is important to realise they fulfil an essential role in providing step-down care and supporting timely discharges from our acute hospitals back into the community."
Mr Daly said that last year over 700 people per month were moved from acute hospitals into nursing home care within their local communities. Approximately 60% of the hundreds of people who are clinically fit for discharge on a daily basis from hospitals are awaiting long-term nursing care, according to the HSE.
Mr Daly said: "Facilitating speedy discharge of these people into long-term nursing care, via nursing homes, will enable the HSE free-up beds within their acute hospitals and provide the person with a more appropriate setting to meet their health and social care needs. Nursing homes employ teams of healthcare professional, including nurses and carers, to provide person-focussed care within dedicated healthcare settings that focus upon providing a homely environment. They have the capacity and are primarily positioned to meet long and short-stay care needs of people from County Kildare and beyond who require timely discharge from our hospitals.”
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