Clinical update

Intermediate care and reablement

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released new guidelines on intermediate care.
Intermediate care

Essential facts

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has highlighted hospital discharge and increases in emergency hospital admissions as causes of significant anxiety, physical and psychological deterioration, and increased dependence. It also highlights the importance of multidisciplinary services that help people recover, regain independence and return home.

Facilitating timely transfer of care from hospital, intermediate care and reablement services are all aimed at maximising people’s independence and reducing unnecessary hospital admissions. They also support people who have increasing difficulty with daily life, and whose ability to live independently is likely to improve with specific support and rehabilitation. This is differentiated from the provision of ongoing care and support, which provides assistance with daily tasks to reduce risk of harm and sustain health and well-being.



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