Intermediate care service

The intermediate care service is provided to patients after leaving hospital or when they are at risk of being admitted to hospital.

The service is a ‘bridge’ between hospital and independent living and aims to stabilise and improve levels of independence and wellbeing to a point where support is no longer needed or the person can be offered other appropriate care/services.

The  service aims to:

  • Help people avoid going into hospital unnecessarily
  • Assist people to be as independent as possible after a stay in hospital
  • Prevent people from having to move into permanently residential home unless they need to.

The intermediate care service is made up of:

Rapid response service
Operating 24/7 as an alternative to hospital admission. The team undertakes intervention outside of service hours for district nursing, urology, palliative care, home enteral feeding and other specialist nurses. People are supported in their own home, nursing home etc, according to their need and level of dependency.

The hospital at home service
The team provides rehabilitation to medically stable residents in their own home and residential care. The service provides specialist community therapy assessment and treatment to improve health and independence. In addition, the service offers rehabilitation to enable earlier discharge from hospital.

Why would someone choose the service

  • People are treated in their own home, instead of in hospital
  • Service promotes wellbeing and independence – supporting people to effectively self-manage their condition whilst living in the community
  • We promote faster recovery from illness – preventing  unnecessary re-admission to hospital

Staff you may meet

  • Nurse
  • Nursing assistant
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Social worker
  • Support worker

Page last updated on April 4th, 2016

Service delivered in: Barnsley