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NHS Intermediate Care and reablement

NHS Intermediate Care provides free temporary care for up to six weeks. Find out what support you’ll get and under what circumstances.
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What is NHS Intermediate Care? What support will you get? Support for people with complex needs
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What is NHS Intermediate Care?


Intermediate Care is an NHS service providing free temporary care for up to six weeks at home or in a residential care home following a stay in hospital.


NHS Intermediate Care is arranged by the hospital social work team before you’re discharged. It’s also used to enable you to stay at home following an emergency breakdown in care services (for example, if the person supporting you has been taken into hospital).

What support will you get?

You’ll get Intermediate Care regardless of your income and savings. The hospital and/or social services will provide what you’re assessed as needing, from physiotherapy to carers. Reablement is often a key aspect of Intermediate Care, where professionals will help you either learn or relearn the skills you need to continue living at home.


The aim is to get you back on your feet and to ensure that you are as independent, mobile, confident and medically fit as possible.


Read more about the reablement team and process in discharge procedure from hospital.

Use our calculator to find out how much you'll pay for care in your area and what financial support is available.

Support for people with complex needs

If you’re caring for someone with complex care needs who is being discharged from hospital, they might also be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare or NHS-funded Nursing Care.

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Further reading

Paying for home care

We explain the options for paying for care at home, from local authority support to paying for it yourself.

Paying for a care home

Explore the options for paying for a care home: local authority funding, paying for yourself or NHS support.

Getting a needs assessment

A needs assessment is key to getting the support you need. You have a right to this assessment and it's free of charge.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020