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.
Support for people with complex needs
For additional information outside England
- In Northern Ireland, visit NI Direct.
- In Scotland, visit Care Information Scotland.
- In Wales, visit Age Cymru.
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