Help leaving hospital
Getting ready to leave
If you will need some support or care when you leave hospital, you can talk to the ward staff who are looking after you. They may ask a social worker to come and assess your needs. The social worker will work with you and your family or carers so you can leave hospital safely. Even though you may be fit and well enough to leave hospital, it can take some time to arrange the right care and support for you.
Going home with support
You may need some help in your own home. This may mean carers coming into your home, for example, to help you with personal care tasks. This personal care will be provided by the Council reablement team.
There may be a charge for this service if you are under the age of 65. You may want to read about the cost of care in your home. If you need equipment to make living at home easier, this will be arranged for you.
For advice and support once you are home from hospital, contact Social Care.
Going to live in a care home
It may be that you will be unable to continue to live safely at home. The social worker will then help you to choose a care home. Depending on your health needs, you may need to consider a care home where trained nurses are on the premises around the clock or one where community nurses come in to see you. The social worker will explain your options and will help you to decide which care home is best for you. You may want to read about the cost of care homes.
Rehabilitation support can help you regain your strength and independence, through physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
The Advice Shop provides information on and help with welfare benefits, carer's and disability living allowances and financial advice.