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’A critical evaluation of the ‘Short Stay Project’ - service users’ perspectives

Brown, Helen and Howlett, Fiona ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9957-1908 (2017) ’A critical evaluation of the ‘Short Stay Project’ - service users’ perspectives. Housing, Care and Support, 20 (2). pp. 71-84.

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Purpose: This paper critically evaluates an innovative collaboration between health, housing and social care by exploring the ‘short stay project’ apartments from service users’ perspectives and considering the effectiveness of this service model as part of enabling provision locally.
Design/methodology/approach: The qualitative methodology for this evaluation was interpretative phenomenological analysis (Smith 2011), critically exploring service users’ personal lived experience of the ‘short stay project’. Three service users (n=3) participated in semi-structured interviews.
Findings: This study has identified the ‘short stay project’ can prevent admission into and facilitate discharge from care and health services by offering a temporary stay in self-contained, adapted accommodation. Service users found value in staying at the apartments for differing reasons. However, practitioners must address service users’ emotional and social needs as well as physical needs to reduce the risk of occupational deprivation.
Research limitations/implications: Sample size is not fully representative of the total population making transferability limited.
Practical implications: This research found there is demand for temporary housing provision for service users with health, housing and/or social care needs.
Social implications: Key drivers of demand for the service are social inequalities relating to homelessness, poverty and gender-based violence rather than the health-related issues that could have been expected.

Further research into the development of effective integrated services which maximise service users’ wellbeing and occupational performance is recommended.
Originality/value: Service models which integrate health, housing and social care can be innovative and maintain service users’ independence and wellbeing in the community.

Commissioners across health, housing and social care could utilise the Better Care Fund to deliver integrated services to meet rising demands.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/HCS-02-2017-0002
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2314

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