|Care shouldn’t end at the hospital exit|
NICE is urging health & social care staff to support people to safely continue with everyday activities such as climbing stairs, dressing themselves or cooking after a period of illness or if they have been struggling at home.
In a new guideline on ‘intermediate care’ issued recently NICE has set out how health & social care staff can support people to be independent following a hospital stay or when daily life at home becomes too difficult.
The new guideline covers how to assess intermediate care needs, including setting goals with the person so that they can overcome the problems they are experiencing.NICE says staff should talk openly about any risks but in a positive manner so as not to discourage people. The aim is to ensure that people can confidently get on with the things they would like to do themselves whilst any risks are discussed & managed safely.