Leaving hospital and coming home can be a time of mixed feelings. Although you will probably be looking forward to getting home, you may also have some worries about how you will cope. You will not be sent home from hospital until you are medically fit to go, but you may still need some care when you get there.
While you are in hospital a nurse will speak to you about preparing to leave hospital and your situation at home. Depending on your needs and what support you have, the nurse may then ask a member of Adult Services staff to carry out an assessment, with your consent, of your care needs and see if you are eligible for help from Adult Services.
If you are receiving support but are still experiencing difficulties coping, or if you return home from hospital without any support services and are finding it difficult to cope, contact Adult Services on 0845 603 5630.
Time to recover and regain your confidence after being in hospital
Search online for help with home care
Services that can provide that little bit of help you need at home
Choosing the right home help services
Be sure to find high quality service with trained staff
Paying for help at home
The costs involved and whether you can get any financial help
Patient advice is available in all main hospitals although the name of the service may differ (eg Patient Advice and Liaison Services(PALS), Patient Support Service. Care UK).
The service provides confidential advice and support to anyone who has worries or concerns about healthcare.
Equipment and adaptations
Equipment and adaptations that can make your life at home easier and safer
Automated telephone monitoring service - an Adult Services pilot to monitor the health and wellbeing of patients being discharged from an acute hospital setting