Intermediate care including reablement
Intermediate care: support to get your independence back
When people have been ill or in hospital they may need support for a short time to help them recover and get their independence back. This support is called intermediate care (or ‘reablement’). Intermediate care is a rehabilitation service in which professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and nurses help people carry out daily activities for themselves, like washing and dressing, making meals or doing things they enjoy. Intermediate care can keep people, especially older people, from going into hospital unless they really need to. It can also make sure that when people have been in hospital, their transfer home is as smooth and speedy as possible. The aim is to keep people living at home independently for as long as they can.
The type of support available can vary in different areas. We want this guideline to make a difference by making sure:
- everyone who needs intermediate care is offered it – no matter where you live or whether you have a long-term condition, like dementia, arthritis or diabetes
- your intermediate care team sees you quickly to help you decide a treatment plan to build your independence and confidence so that you can get on with your life
- that if you need ongoing support when the service ends, your intermediate care team will help you put this in place.
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