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Intermediate Care

Intermediate care

Nobody likes staying in hospital. In fact many of us count down the days until we get discharged. But sometimes people who are over the worst still need a certain amount of care to help with rehabilitation before they’re safely able to return home.

Intermediate care beds are provided in many Four Seasons homes with the support of their Local Authority, Primary Care Trust and the Care Quality Commission. These beds play a vital role in local healthcare by offering an alternative to an extended hospital stay for older people who are recovering from an illness or injury.

Intermediate care is also known as ‘step-up, step-down’ or rehabilitation care and generally our care teams are able to a more personal level of support than busy acute hospital wards, while the emphasis is very much on preparing each person for a 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, helping to ease the shortage of acute care beds that many hospitals are experiencing.

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