Help old people get back on their feet

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A NEW charitable service has been set up in Queen Alexandra hospital, Cosham after it received funding from Legal and General.

Old people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service is launching a new home from hospital service, which will see volunteers working alongside hospital staff to prepare older patients for going home and supporting them following their discharge.

The service will be set up on the G4 ward of the hospital for patients to use.

Research conducted by Royal Voluntary Service found that older people supported by the charity’s Home from Hospital service following a stay in hospital were 50 per cent less likely to be readmitted.

Chief executive of Royal Voluntary Service David McCullough said: ‘This service will mean more older people will receive the support of a caring volunteer who will be there to help them get back on their feet.

‘We know that placing a volunteer at the centre of a person’s recovery plan can make a huge difference.’