Quality marker 12 of the National Stroke Strategy, Seamless transfer of care, recommends: 'Care planning process built around the individual to consider a range of needs to support someone going home or to a care home (including their physical, communicative, cognitive, psychological and financial circumstances)'.
The National Audit Office and Care Quality Commission reports have estimated anything from 25-50% of people in a care home have had a stroke.
The National Audit Office also found that 11% of stroke patients are newly admitted to care homes.
Some people who have had a stroke will live in or move to care homes. This resource provides advice and support to stroke teams to ensure they do not miss this group of people and covers:
What national policy and guidance says
From the National Audit Office, Care Quality Commission and the Department of Health
How to engage with care homes, examples of questionnaires, quality measures
What you may find: the population size, training needs for care staff
Examples of how to run courses and how to measure the impact
Reviews and specialist input
Providing reviews to people in care homes, looking at the quality and outcomes framework (QOF), providing stroke skilled care
Making the case
Using questionnaires, examples of benefits demonstrated by other projects
Care homes web seminar
On 11 October we held a web seminar to update people on the work that has been done with care homes - Listen to the web seminar.
Learning from other teams' work
NHS Improvement has been working with four national projects, running improvements to the support they offer to people in care homes from October 2010 until March 2011. This resource is the result of their learning and that of other stroke teams who have been working with care homes and social care staff.
If you would like to share an example of your work on this site or would like more information, please contact Helen O'Kelly.
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