"Intermediate Care "
About: East Lancashire Teaching PCT East Lancashire Teaching PCT Nelson BB9 8AS
Posted by Mrs Miggins (as ),
Intermediate Care is a period of time-limited rehabilitation, which usually takes place with input from Social Workers / Care Managers, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Rehab Support Staff. It can take place within residential rehabilitation units or within a person’s own home.
The aim can be to regain confidence after a fall or hospital admission, to help improve levels of mobility and generally regain the skills needed to allow a person to remain independent and safe within their own living environment. It is exceptionally successful.
Unfortunately and for reasons unknown this is not a service many people are aware of. Unless hospital staff, GP’s or a social worker suggests it, it can be overlooked and mean some older people are going into long-term residential care unnecessarily.
I worked in the community and in residential and nursing care settings for twelve years before hearing about Intermediate Care. Until then, I had no idea such schemes and services existed.
It is imperative this service is promoted across the country and that more health and medical professionals are made aware of it, to avoid hasty and unnecessary admissions into long-term care.
That this local service had been available for so long but with so few people even aware of it, is saddening.