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 working in partnership with Local Authorities and the NHS.

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. Hear from some of the patients in our Intermediate Care Centres in the video below. 

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.

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, while promising warm and special experiences for everybody we care for. You can meet our Intermediate Care Team here.

We have also opened the Grove Discharge Unit in partnership with Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. It is a dedicated 30 bedded Intermediate Care Unit based in Clatterbridge Hospital to support elderly patients who no longer need to be in an acute hospital ward.

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. Find out more here.


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