Once you are well enough to continue your recovery outside of hospital we will aim to discharge you as soon as possible. If you have family that are able to pick you up please let staff know. If you have a system in place where your medications come already in a box set out for the week it may be useful to let the staff know in advance.
What happens if I no longer need hospital care but I am not safe to return home?
If you have been struggling at home or need further assessment of your needs prior to home your therapist or a member of the integrated discharge team will discuss options regarding intermediate care beds but will also explore what support could be put into your own home in order for you to be discharged safely.
You will be asked for your consent prior to being referred.
Please be aware you may have a financial assessment at some point if you are accessing our intermediate care beds.
Alternatively, we have some great volunteer services with our home but not alone scheme and Five Lamps service who can offer companionship and informal support regarding appointments/shopping initially to support your transition home. Ask your nurse or therapist how you can access these services.
How can I recover quicker at home?
Start small and build up your tolerance slowly. You could do these while you’re still in hospital if you are able to.
Sometimes when you feel better you can then over do it. Try to set yourself some manageable targets each day to regain your strength.
It is really important you take care of your mental health both as an inpatient and when you return home. You may not be able to do the things you normally would do straight away and we know this may be hard for you on your road to recovery.