Age UK data indicates that nearly 2.5 million days of care have been lost in the last five years due to bed blocking. With an attributed cost to the NHS of £669 million, this epidemic is widespread and a huge strain on the country's resources.
Bed blocking occurs for a number of reasons; waiting for places in nursing homes or care in the community, or simply because a care plan cannot be put into place due to lack of resources or equipment.
Rather than having to wait for equipment at a cost of £1,925 per week to the NHS, local authorities can take steps to create temporary care plans. By implementing these procedures, a council, and the NHS in general, could save up to £500,000 per year.
At The Key Safe Company, we have always had a close working relationships with those on both sides of the care plan system. Having built a rapport with local councils, we created two products to help with the bed blocking problem that is plaguing our health system:
The J5 is an over-the-door keysafe. This means that it is fitted simply by closing a door. The main benefit to the user is that this requires no screws or bolts, and therefore causes no damage to a property. This also allows the key box to be used temporarily until a more permanent solution, such as the C500 Police Approved KeySafe, can be installed.
The Portable KeySafe is a multi function safe that doubles as a padlock. This product can also be used as a temporary solution for home care plans. Like the J5, it can be installed without screws on a temporary basis. Uniquely, it can be installed anywhere, from grab rails to chainlink fences, meaning that the key safe does not require a door or a wall to fit securely, temporarily and quickly. This has the added benefit to the user that it can be placed out of view, adding to patient security.
Both KeySafes are supplied complete with weather covers, so they are ideal for use inside or out.
Since all of our KeySafes are designed to change codes quickly and hold keys securely, these temporary measures could be reused again and again, either as part of or to speed up implementation of the Better Care Programme.