Intermediate Care

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What is it?

Intermediate care services are provided to people, usually older people, after they have left hospital or when they are at risk of being admitted to hospital. Intermediate Care is a programme of care provided for a limited period of time to assist a person to maintain or regain the ability to live independently.

Intermediate Care Services can be provided in your own home, in a care home setting and in community hospital settings. Wiltshire Council is working closely with the Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group to develop intermediate care services that help people to live as independently as possible.

Intermediate Care services are provided for short periods of time for a maximum of six weeks. Intermediate care services are free for the maximum of six weeks. 

Access to Intermediate Care Services.

Intermediate Care services are available to people who are at risk of being admitted to hospital or need help to regain levels of independence after an episode of hospital care.

Intermediate Care supports people who need;

  1. Help to avoid going into hospital unnecessarily.
  2. Help to be as independent as possible after a stay in hospital.

Will I need to pay?

Intermediate Care services will not be means tested and will be free to the customer for a period of up to six weeks.

What Intermediate Care services are available in Wiltshire?

Wiltshire Council is currently working with the Wiltshire CCG to develop a range of coordinated Integrated Care services. The following services are currently available.

Urgent care at home

This service provides care and support for people in the event of an unplanned situation such as a carer needing urgent hospital care. This service supports people for up to seventy two hours and is available at any time, day or night. The support is provided to ensure you are safe at home while more comprehensive assessments are completed.

Bed based Intermediate Care services

Bed based services are provided in care homes and community hospitals to provide a period of support during which people are helped to develop the independence required to return home.

Intermediate Care at home

These services are made up of a combination of social care support and health therapies and may include help for people to live independently and more specialist services such as physios or occupational therapy.

Who do I talk to?

Either your GP or Adult Social Care Advice and Contact Team.