What is Hospital at Home?
Hospital at Home is an acute clinical service that takes staff, equipment, technologies, medication, and skills usually provided in hospitals and delivers that hospital care to selected people in their homes or in nursing homes. It substitutes for acute inpatient hospital care.
Key features of Hospital at Home
Acuity and Complexity
Inclusion and Exclusion criteria
Not all Hospital at Home services start fully fledged and many are developing, so we recognise that these descriptions are to some degree aspirational but important nonetheless.
Many Hospital at Home teams are integrated with other services, such as intermediate care, for example. This can have real practical benefits for the management of patients. However, the definitions remain important to be clear which elements of the work represent hospital replacement (admission avoidance) and which aspects represent additionality (patients who would not need to be admitted).