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Community Health and Care Day Hub brings support closer to home

Harold Cooke leads a bowling activity smaller
Community Health and Care Day Hub brings support closer to home
27 January 2022

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has launched a pioneering new Community Day Hub in Freshwater to help people who need additional support to stay well and to live independently.

The Day Hub was set up in October last year, as part of a winter pilot scheme. Since its launch, nearly 25 residents have used the service provided by this integrated community network, with many benefitting from care provision, support, advice and signposting on issues such as ongoing health needs and social isolation.

People who need additional support in the community, may be referred to this new service by health services or adult social care to enable them to gain the skills and knowledge to continue to live confidently in their own homes. For example, someone vulnerable who has been discharged from hospital needing a short-term care package.

People who are referred to this service can visit the Community Health and Care Day Hub daily for a period of up to six weeks, where they will receive tailored support for their needs and get the opportunity to take part in a range of activities. Activities include crafting to improve dexterity, assistance with daily living needs such as meal preparation and support to improve health and wellbeing.

Harold Cooke (pictured), who is currently using the Day Hub services said: “I thoroughly enjoy my time at the Day Hub, especially the dancing and singing and I have felt back to my normal-self following a recent admission in hospital. It is also helping massively with my wellbeing and I feel an improvement by attending the Day Hub.”

Transport is arranged for people who are attending the Community Health and Care Day Hub and they are able to enjoy prepared meals, including a hot lunch, plus they get the chance to meet other people, who are being supported to reach their full potential.  

This pilot service is currently manned by a team of healthcare professionals, including Healthcare Assistants with specialist clinical support, a Community Day Hub Coordinator, and a dedicated Age UK IOW activities coordinator.

Nicola Longson, Director of Operations for Community, Isle of Wight Trust said:

‘This shared initiative, created in partnership with the Isle of Wight Council and our Island voluntary sector organisations, means vulnerable residents can get access to quality care and support much faster and closer to home.

This new service enables residents, particularly those who are elderly and vulnerable, to be able to get individualised and compassionate care in their community, to help to keep them healthier, more independent, and out of hospital. We are delighted with the results of this pilot so far.”

Emma Pugh, Pathway Lead for Integrated Regaining Independence Services, IOW NHS Trust and IOW Council said: “This unique service aims to provide people who are feeling frail and vulnerable with support to regain their confidence to live independent and healthy lives”.

The Community Health and Care Day Hub is situated at: The Gouldings, St Andrew’s Way, Freshwater, Isle of Wight PO40 9NH. It is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm.

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