Intermediate care

This aims to give recovery and rehabilitation support to help older people regain their independence when they come out of hospital or, just as importantly, prevent them going
unnecessarily into hospital. By reducing the strain on hospitals and their therapy resources,
intermediate care means older people will not have to move into residential care permanently
(at least in the short term) or stay longer than desirable in hospital.

Intermediate care can be provided in your own home or in a care home. It can be provided
by care staff, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, with additional support provided by the local GP surgery, social workers and community nurses. This combined resource helps older people to regain their independence and feel confident in their ability to manage for themselves
with any necessary additional support.

Intermediate care, including any care home fees, is provided by the NHS and is free. It is usually
limited to a maximum of six weeks.

Age UK Essex provides dedicated information and advice to support patients who have been
discharged from hospital. For more information call 01245 345106