The report found that 54% of stroke survivors, or more than 3,000 people each year, could benefit from a policy of ‘early supported discharge’.
This approach to rehabilitation allows patients to return to their own homes more quickly and intensive treatment is given in the home for a number of weeks. According to today’s report, this approach would require a substantial increase in the resourcing of community therapists (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists), community nurses and other community care above current levels in Ireland.
However, savings from the reduced cost of acute bed days could fund this increase in resourcing.On one hand, hospitals are not healthy places. Lots of sick people and germs are present. You might or might not sleep well in a hospital. Family members are strained.
Yet, hospital is the place to be if you need it. Health professionals, equipment, treatment options are in the same place.
So I could see if this plan is executed well for people who would benefit more out of the hospital, AND services become available in the patient's own home: Good idea.
If executed not-so-well, releasing people who still need the services of the hospital just to save money in short terms (but would increase cost in long terms): Not a good idea.
I could see this sort of effort happen in the United States, too, with the ongoing debate about health care costs. So worthy of watching.