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British Red Cross 'Support at Home' hospital discharge scheme. A small-scale social care intervention: economic evidence

Author(s)

KNAPP Martin, et al

Publisher(s):

London School of Economics and Political Science, Care Policy and Evaluation Cen

Publication year:

2019

This case summary presents economic evidence on British Red Cross 'Support at Home' hospital discharge scheme. Through the scheme volunteers offer short-term (4–12 week) practical and emotional support for older people recently discharged from the hospital. A British Red Cross evaluation of the schemes effectiveness identified benefits such as enabling safe discharge, supporting carers and enabling patient advocacy. The intervention costs an average £169 per person, including volunteer time. The programme led to savings from older people needing less help with daily activities and improvements in wellbeing. These savings amounted to £884 per person on average (costs are at 2011 price levels). The summary notes that the quality of evidence on the evaluation was not high due to a lack of control group. (Edited publisher abstract)


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