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New 'Home from Hospital' guide: Making sure people eat well when they leave hospital

A new guide shares good practice from around the country to ensure people have access to food at hospital discharge and beyond.

Home from hospital. Copyright: Hertfordshire Independent Living Service

Home from hospital. Copyright: Hertfordshire Independent Living Service

Sustain's Older People's Food Campaign has published a new guide exploring how we can ensure people have access to food when they are dischraged home from hospital. The guide features a foreword from Sustain patron Dame Prue Leith, summarises five key elements of ensuring people have support in place:

  1. Developing a joined-up approach to food and hospital discharge
  2. Understanding and responding to people’s needs
  3. Navigating local support options
  4. Developing and communicating a plan
  5. Supporting local providers

The guide includes a number of examples of good practice from around the country showcasing the range of tailored responses, but also the need for a policy and fundinn framework to support them to thrive. The online launch event featured speakers from just some of these case studies - Edinburgh, Blackburn with Darwen, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

'This guide provides just some examples of the myriad of fantastic initiatives to support people’s access to food when they go home from hospital. I hope this guide highlights the value of this work and fosters increased and long-term support for these services.' Simon Shaw CF

Find out more about the Home from Hospital project. The project was kindly supported by the Churchill Fellowship and the Rank Foundation.

Published 28 Mar 2022

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