Help after leaving hospital

If you need some help following a spell in hospital, this can be arranged before you leave hospital so that you can be discharged safely and as quickly as possible.

When you are ready to leave hospital you will be given some information and advice and you can ask for someone to help you (usually the health and social workers) to identify if you need support and if you do, what type of support you might need at home (this is called an ‘assessment’). Family members, carers or hospital representatives can also request an assessment for you but this will only take place if you agree.

Help at home following a hospital stay can range from a care worker visiting your home or helping you to get out and about for a short time (this is known as a reablement service and is free for up to six weeks), through to help from local voluntary organisations who can help with a variety of services such as laundry, shopping and domestic cleaning. The type and level of help that you need will be identified through the assessment that takes place with the health and social care workers.

If you are the main carer for somebody who is leaving hospital you may also need help and support and this can be discussed (or assessed) at the same time if you wish.

For further information please visit or call the Adult Social Care and Health Contact Centre on 0800 561 0015