AbstractBackgroundThe Integrated Care Programme for Older People has supported the development of integrated care services at pioneer sites in Ireland. Key to integrated care is embracing a move away from hospital based assessment and therapy provision, especially for re-ablement and home support care planning, to assessment in the home: `discharge to assess`.MethodsThe Older Persons` Integrated Care Team (OPICT) provides a targeted, multidisciplinary domiciliary-based re-ablement programme of care to people aged 65 years and older. Using PDSA methodology for service improvement, the addition of home support provided by healthcare assistants (HCAs) was introduced and evaluated. Data was collected prospectively on baseline service user demographics, service activity and outcome measures. HCA delivered home support services were introduced in November 2017. This study contains data for the period November 2017 to March 2019.ResultsSince May 2017, OPICT has provided 266 episodes of domiciliary-based re-ablement to 248 clients, with a further 90 clients assessed but ineligible. The median age of clients was 84 years (8% 65-74 years; 49% 75-84 years; 37% 85-94 years; 6% 95 years and older). The majority of clients were female (58.5%), with low dependency (Barthel score 16 to 19) and classified as vulnerable to moderately frail based on the Clinical Frailty Scale (scores 4 to 6). Of 215 eligible clients, 122 received a total of 1293 hours of healthcare assistant delivered care. Flexibility in the availability of carers to meet demand and willingness of HCAs to embrace a more diverse role were important learning points.ConclusionThe `discharge to assess` model of integrated care for older people can be achieved in the Irish healthcare setting, with access to flexible HCA delivered home support a key element.