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Intermediate Care

Intermediate Care

After a stay in hospital sometimes people who are over the worst can still need a certain amount of care to help with rehabilitation before they’re able to return home safely and confidently.

Intermediate care beds are provided in many of our care homes with the support of the Local Authority, Primary Care Trust and the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

These intermediate care beds play a vital role in supporting local health and social care services by offering an alternative to an extended stay in hospital for older people who are recovering from an illness or injury, helping to ease the shortage of acute care beds that many hospitals are experiencing.

Intermediate care is also known as ‘step-up, step-down’ or rehabilitation and our care teams are able to provide a personal level of support where the emphasis is very much on preparing each person to return to their own home.

Sometimes, our intermediate care in cosy surroundings can even offer an alternative to going into hospital in the first place.

Introducing the Four Seasons Intermediate Care Framework

Four Seasons approach to intermediate care is focused on the individual and their personal journey. we build patient confidence and create the best possible conditions for their recovery and future independence or long term care needs.The Four Seasons brand promises warm and special experiences for everybody we care for.

The Four Seasons Intermediate Care Framework forms part of our quality improvement programme that enables and promotes independence and wellbeing in homely and welcoming surroundings. The values and core principles of the Framework underpin all the intermediate care services we provide, helping us to deliver a technologically advanced and consistent service.

The framework integrates national policy with key NICE guidelines, incorporating best practice guidance and the patient-and-carer voice to describe what ‘outstanding’ care looks like. Built into the framework is a robust system of assurance, clinical governance, excellence and patient experience. But most importantly the Framework has been designed specifically to support both patients and families in their recovery.

The Intermediate Care Framework is another way we’re able to deliver our Vision:

‘To improve the lives of those in our care and the communities we serve by consistently delivering special experiences and to be the best place to work in the care sector’.

Once a care home is accredited, the team will be delivering a high quality service which will:

  • Be consistent, UK wide
  • Support faster recovery from illness
  • Prevent unnecessary acute hospital admission and premature admission to long-term care
  • Support timely discharge from hospital
  • Maximise independent living
  • Assist the NHS in reducing the number of delayed transfers of care
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