Short-term care

Leaving hospital

Each hospital will have its own policy and arrangements for discharging patients.

Normally, when you arrive in hospital, the professionals in charge of your care will develop a plan for your treatment, including your discharge or transfer. This is usually done within 24 hours of your arrival.

You will be able to discuss arrangements for your discharge with staff. This will help to ensure that you have everything you need for a full recovery when you return home.

Most people who are discharged from hospital need only a small amount of care after they leave. This is called 'minimal discharge'.

If you need more specialised care after you leave hospital, your discharge or transfer procedure is referred to as a 'complex discharge'.

For example, you may:

  • have ongoing health and social care needs
  • need community care services
  • need intermediate care
  • be discharged to a residential home or care home

The Health Partnership teams work with the hospital staff to make sure your discharge or transfer is as easy as possible and that you have what you need when leaving the hospital.

Reablement Service

Reablement is designed to help you become as independent as possible.

Perhaps you need support with personal care or to prepare a meal. The reablement service will work with you to make it as easy as possible to manage these tasks on your own.

In traditional home care, someone would visit and do these tasks. With reablement, the support staff will work with you so that you can learn or re-learn important tasks needed for everyday life.

Many people who participate in a reablement programme find that afterwards they can cope very well on their own, without the need for ongoing social care support.

How do I access a reablement service?

Reablement can be provided in your own home from the Short Term Assessment and Reablement Team (START).

START provides support, usually with personal care, for a very short time.

This can be anything from a few days and up to a maximum of six weeks, in your own home.

You may already be at home, or about to return home from a specialist care centre or a hospital, are feeling run down, poorly, or have had some kind of accident or change in your life. The team will support you to, either ‘get back on your feet’, or identify how much support you may need in the future.

This service is not chargeable for up to six weeks whilst you are receiving reablement support.

If you need homecare support to continue, a financial assessment may be required to determine your contribution to these costs.

To access the START service please request an assessment from adult social services. If you already receive the START service and your circumstances have changed please request a review.

How to request an assessment or review

Reablement services are also provided by Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Intermediate Care Team.

Short term respite

Short term respite can be planned care or emergency care to provide a temporary break to families or carers who are caring for an adult.

Respite care can be pre-booked at specialist care centres following an assessment of your needs.

It is a chargeable service so there will be a financial assessment to determine how much you will have to contribute towards the cost.

If you have income or savings above the financial threshold, or you wish to self fund, you can access respite care at specialist care centres through adult social services.

Olympus Care Services

Olympus Care Services are able to offer quality short-term respite care in some of their homes for individuals who are usually cared for at home or have been in hospital and require support with a gradual return to health following discharge. 

They also offer respite for self-funders through their Shared Lives Service and all of their residential homes.

Norarch - Northamptonshire Association of Registered Care Homes

Norarch membership includes residential and nursing care both for younger and older people and for people with learning difficulties. They also offer specialist homes such as a home for the blind. Membership is restricted to proprietors and managers of registered care organisations in Northamptonshire.

Norarch have compiled a list of care homes who are willing to offer respite beds to self funders.

Equipment and adaptations

There are lots of examples of equipment that you could use around your home to help you with day-to-day tasks.

To find out more visit equipment and adaptations and gadgets and lifelines.