A scheme in North Notts that supports patients who have been discharged from hospital could be scrapped to save a council £46,000 per year.
The hospital 2 home support service is funded by Nottinghamshire County
Council and the NHS. It is run by paid staff and supported with volunteers who visit patients in their homes to provide a range of help.
The scheme operates for patients and their carers in the Mansfield and Ashfield area who are leaving hospital and have little or no support at home.
The “Hospital 2 Home” support scheme, which covers King’s Mill Hospital, Mansfield Community and Ashfield Health Village, involves volunteers ensuring people are safe in their homes once they leave hospital.
But, according to Nottinghamshire County Council, usage of the scheme has been declining since 2014, and the current low numbers of people mean the scheme has hourly costs of £119.
Last year, the authority said 89 people were supported by the scheme at a cost of £521 per person.
Misterton councillor Liz Yates – whose mother received help from a similar initiative in Sheffield – called for assurances that type of support would still be available.
The council said there are “more appropriate” services, such as their recently launched Connect service – which aims to tackle reduced independence, deteriorating health and social isolation.
A council spokesman added Age UK provides a discharge support service at King’s Mill.
Councillors agreed to scrap the scheme at an adult social care and health committee meeting at County Hall on Monday October 10th.