Timebanking for Health (T4H) is a programme encouraging time banks to work closely with local hospitals to help older people be discharged when they need to, and to help them live independently. Support includes lifts to appointments, companionship, help with housework and shopping, errands, playing games and cooking.
Timebanking enables people to give/receive ad-hoc support. For every hour’s help a time bank member gives, they earn a credit to ‘spend’ at their time bank. Although older people needn’t be members to receive help, joining turns them from ‘receivers’ of help to ‘givers’, offering their own skills including mentoring, cooking, and sharing photographs.