At the British Red Cross, we want everyone to get the support they need to live as independently as possible.
But a new report by the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation found that this odoes not always happen.
Instead, a growing number of people who have recently left hospital are being admitted again – sometimes just a few days later.
Our In and out of hosptial report confirms this, showing that a lack of social care support leads to people having to go into hospital again and again. Sadly, opportunities to change this are often missed.
Every year the Red Cross supports thousands of people coming home from hospital.
Here are four key things we know about care based on the stories we have heard from the people who use our services.