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Funding cuts threaten Care and Repair

posted 20 Jan 2009, 06:43 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 20 Jan 2009, 06:45 ]
A project to help the elderly and disabled return home from hospital is threatened by council funding cuts.

Care and Repair makes adaptations to the homes of vulnerable people, making it easier for them to live at home.

One of its most successful projects is the Home from Hospital Service, which fits a keysafe to the outside of the home, which can be opened by visitors using a pin number. It means that carers can let themselves in when residents are too frail to answer.

Organisers say the scheme is a low cost way to make sure patients can return home from hospital instead of becoming "bed blockers". It has been funded by Edinburgh Council for around five years, but last year the charity's application for a £10,000 grant was refused.

Manager Jan Souter said: "The last time I spoke to somebody at the Infirmary it was about £800 a day to keep somebody in hospital, so this is such a simple thing.

"We've had to cut back on some staffing costs to save the money. At the moment we're working from week to week making sure we've got enough in stock but we're seriously considering whether we have to stop."

Source: Edinburgh Evening News