You may find that even through you are well enough to stay at
home or leave hospital, you still require additional support to
become more independent.
What is Intermediate Care?
Intermediate care is a rehabilitation service which aims
- help you recover faster from illness or injury
- help you become more independent and enable you to continue
living at home by rebuilding confidence and teaching new
- help make discharge from hospital safe
- prevent unnecessary admission to hospital or care homes
Who is the service for?
The service is for those who meet the criteria
- London Borough of Redbridge resident
- rehabilitation potential within six
- medically fit/non-acute medical
- adequate pain control to be able to
participate in rehabilitation
- able to weight–bear through upper limbs to
mobilise and transfer
- managed chronic medical conditions do not
interfere with rehabilitation
Do I need to have been in hospital recently to be eligible for
Whilst the service supports a high number of
people leaving hospital, intermediate care is also able to support
people who are starting to struggle with everyday activities by
providing timely support and rehabilitation to avoid unnecessary
admission to hospital.
How do I access the service?
You need to be referred to the service by any health
and social care professional e.g. GP’s, nurses and social
workers. This is to ensure that we can establish clear
rehabilitation objectives in partnership with you or someone who
knows how your disability/illness has affected you.
People may telephone and we can request (with your permission) a
referral from your GP if it is appropriate.
How does the service work?
We will carry out an assessment of your ability to do everyday
activities such as washing, dressing and preparing meals and then
decide on the most appropriate programme of rehabilitation for
The service can be delivered either in your own home or in two
dedicated community units at Wanstead hospital. This will depend on
your level of need.
A planned rehabilitation programme is
provided for a maximum of six weeks.
How long will I have to wait to access the service?
Generally there is no waiting list and assessments are
prioritised based on your level of risk. Following an assessment,
there can usually be a next day start of the service at home and if
transferring to Wanstead Hospital this will be as soon as a bed is
available and the hospital/GP has booked transport.
How much does it cost?
The service is free for for those who meet
the eligibility criteria.
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