Rehabilitation centre for older people set to open

By on 07/02/2011 in News

A care and rehabilitation centre for older people who have just left hospital is set to open in April.

The assessment and rehabilitation centre at Birmingham City Council's Kenrick centre in Harborne will cater for people who have been discharged from hospital but still need rehabilitation before returning home.

The proposal will go before the city council's cabinet on 14 February.

The move will help ease pressure on delayed transfers from hospitals - people who are clinically fit to be discharged from hospital but still need some level of care and have therefore had to remain in hospital.

Councillor Sue Anderson, cabinet member for adults and communities, said: “The centre should help people get back, as much as possible, to the health they enjoyed before they went to hospital and who might otherwise have been moved to a long-term care home.

“It will therefore mean they can return home without the need for high levels of support that may otherwise have been necessary. The culture of the centre will be about helping clients become more independent and help them regain skills.”

The assessment centre is proposed in conjunction with University Hospital Birmingham (UHB) and will provide services such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists and other support services. The centre will occupy the top floor of the Kenrick centre which comprises 32 bedrooms and communal areas.

This is in addition to services already provided at Perry Tree, Ann Marie Howes and Norman Power care centres.

The Kenrick centre opened in June 2008 providing long-term residential care for older people. The plan for the upper floor was to lease it to South Birmingham PCT to allow for nursing provision. However, the PCT decided not to proceed with the arrangement. In the intervening period the area was used as a communal space.

In November 2010 a proposal was put forward by UHB and the council to set up the joint assessment and rehabilitation following the government announcement in October of new money for re-ablement services.

In addition to this, an agreement has now been reached between Birmingham City Council and NHS trusts across the city to end charging the council for delays in the transfer of care. Instead, PCTs and the council will work together and invest resources into the whole social care and health system to help people be discharged quickly and appropriately.

Councillor Anderson added: “This is not a problem that is going to be fixed overnight but I am determined that with a joint ownership with health we are on the right path. This is why in Birmingham we have been focusing on providing a short-term targeted enablement service for people who have been discharged from hospital.”

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