Find out about the many local services which provide short periods of care or support away from the home. These services can help with recovery or rehabilitation, give adults regular activities and/or support sessions to attend, or provide families and carers a break from their caring role.
If you feel cut off, or want to talk about everyday problems with people in similar situations to you, a local support group may be able to help. Groups are often self-run with help and advice from voluntary organisations and our social care staff.
You might be a carer, a lone parent, an older person or someone with health problems, there are many different groups out there.
Short term care can be really helpful to give you, or the person who cares for you, a break. This could be a short stay or respite placement within a care home or other type of placement, or it could be short-term domiciliary care in your own home.
Intermediate care - to help with recovery or rehabilitation
Intermediate care is a short-term free service and could be from 1 day up to a maximum of 6 weeks. It is designed to help you recover and increase your independence in your own home. This could be provided at home, in a care home or in a community hospital - depending on your needs.
Access to intermediate care services
Your Doctor, social worker or other professionals will refer you for this service as you will be required to have an assessment of need to see what type of intermediate care is suitable for you.
In order to be eligible for Intermediate Care, you will need to meet the national eligibility criteria which sets a minimum threshold for adult care and support. The following information may help you understand eligibility for care and support.