Care homes pioneering an innovative telemedicine approach to assessing residents following a fall have a seen a significant reduction in hospital admissions.
Immedicare is a secure, video-enabled, clinical healthcare service linking care homes to the NHS with 24-hour access to a highly skilled, multidisciplinary clinical team based at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. The service has been adopted by 780 UK care homes to date.
It is estimated that the service has saved the NHS nearly £10 million in less than four years in ambulance conveyancing and hospital admissions related to falls with more than four in five (83%) residents able to stay in their homes for assessment, follow-up and monitoring.
The service has offered more than 100,000 video care home consultations in the last three-and-a-half years with almost one in five (19%) of these related to falls.
Service user, Mike Padgham, Managing Director of St Cecilia’s Care Services and Chair of the Independent Care Group, said: “It always benefits the resident if they can remain in the home rather than be admitted to hospital as an emergency, unless it’s truly necessary, and that’s the underlying principle of the Immedicare service.
“It gives care home staff and residents round-the-clock access to a highly skilled, specialist nursing team who can assess, manage and monitor their condition. We’ve always known this is the best approach for care home residents, but now we have the data to prove it. This service protects residents and care home staff and reduces pressure on local services and budgets. It should be a must-have service for every CCG.”