Intermediate Care – Step Up, Step Down

Examples of Practice

The issue we wanted to address was to expand the range of tiered interventions accessible to older people at key points of transition, recognising the limitations of the pre-existing service system. Gap analysis highlighted the need to create alternative inputs in circumstances where:

  • the older person has had a hospital admission and is clinically ready to leave hospital  but requires time to rebuild confidence and regain abilities in a reablement/enablement approach
  • the older person is at home and due to deterioration in health and wellbeing is at risk of avoidable admission to hospital, the newly developed intermediate care model being able to offer safe care with a lower tariff intervention
  • the older person is at home and due to deterioration in health and wellbeing or to a change in their social circumstances, [frequently this has taken the form of emergence of adult protection concerns] is at risk of crisis-driven avoidable admission to a mainstream permanent care home. The newly developed intermediate care model is able to offer assessment and a reablement approach which enables more effective care planning and decision making in a less pressured environment and context.
  • short term support is needed because the carer is unexpectedly temporarily unable to continue in the caring role
  • planned regular short breaks are required to provide stability, contributing to  prevention of unscheduled / crisis triggered transitions.

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