Intermediate Care at home is a service provided on a short term basis for people who need some degree of rehabilitation and recuperation. The service can help patients avoid going into hospital or it can also help patients to regain their independence after a hospital stay. Intermediate Care is time limited and the timescales agreed will be dependent on the needs of patients and the nature of the patient's condition.
Cases of When Homecare’s Intermediate Care is Available
1. An alternative to hospital admission.
If a person becomes ill at home or has a fall but only a minor injury, it may be possible for them to avoid admission to hospital and be cared for at home. The Trust/HSE services will ultimately determine who is eligible for intermediate care.
2. Early supported discharge from hospital
Following treatment as a hospital in-patient, Homecare Nursing can support early discharge which will provide practical or personal care support at home together with rehabilitation at home
3. When facing admission to residential care
Anyone facing admission to long-term residential care should have the opportunity to benefit from rehabilitation and recuperation and the opportunity to have their needs assessed in a location other than an acute hospital ward. It also discourages transferring patients directly to long-term residential care from an acute hospital ward unless there are exceptional circumstances.
4. Older people with dementia or other mental health needs
Intermediate care includes older people with dementia or mental health needs - if there is a goal that could be addressed within a limited period of weeks as part of the patient’s recovery from an episode of mental or physical ill health. A stay in hospital is often traumatic for people with dementia as they are separated from familiar people and places. Intermediate care support makes it possible for them to avoid admission to hospital or enable early discharge home, significantly affecting recovery and wellbeing. Homecare have specialised staff who are qualified in understanding and dealing with the needs of people with dementia and other mental health issues.
5. End of life care
Intermediate care can be introduced at this time to establish a suitable environment and routine or to help carers to develop skills, enabling the patient to remain at home.
We have a multi disciplinary team comprising of:
- Registered Nurses (RNs)
- Health Care workers (NVQ/Fetac trained)
- Social Workers
Aims of Intermediate Care
- Promote faster recovery
- Prevent unnecessary hospital admission
- Support timely discharge
- Prevent premature admission to long term care
- Maximise your chances of living independently
Benefits to the Patients and Trusts/HSE
- Improved patient and family satisfaction
- An alternative to the trauma of emergency admission
- Swift response
- Patient choice to be cared for at home
- Rapid discharge from hospital
A Partnership Approach
The aim and purpose of our Nursing service is to work in partnership with the Trusts and HSE healthcare professionals and also the extended multi disciplinary team to provide a safe and appropriate package of care for the patient.