A new service designed to tackle hospital bed blocking has been launched.
CareRooms provides accommodation in private homes for people who are medically fit and ready to be discharged from hospital but are not able to find a suitable care facility.
Founder and CEO Paul Gaudin launched the business following the death of his father who suffered from Parkinson’s disease and was being cared for by his mother.
The service is transforming spare rooms and annexes into secure spaces for guests who are waiting to be discharged.
Rooms will feature safeguarding equipment, including camera monitoring and recording, a permanent telephone line, remote vital signs monitoring equipment and a panic button for 24/7 telecare centre access.
Hosts are provided with training in health and safety, food preparation and cleaning. While DBS checked, hosts are not legally able to provide any personal care services. If, and where, this is required, then it will be provided by the patient’s medical team or commissioned directly by the patient.
The service is designed for people prior to their entry to a care home or to their going home, or to respite and step-up care. Typical stays with a host are expected to between one and two weeks.
CareRooms is now commencing host recruitment, vetting and training in Cambridgeshire and is in discussions with a number of local authorities, across the UK, to provide vital room capacity. Interested potential hosts can register at www.carerooms.com/hosts.