Clinical update

NICE guidance on intermediate care and reablement

NICE has issued new guidelines on intermediate care, including reablement, and how to support people to be independent after a hospital stay or when life at home becomes difficult

NICE has issued new guidelines on intermediate care, including reablement, and how to support people to be independent after a hospital stay or when life at home becomes difficult

Essential facts

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has highlighted hospital discharge and increases in emergency hospital admissions as causes of significant anxiety, physical and psychological deterioration, and increased dependence. It also highlights the importance of multidisciplinary services that help people recover, regain independence and return home.

Facilitating timely transfer of care from hospital, intermediate care and reablement services are all aimed at maximising people’s independence and reducing unnecessary hospital admissions. They also support people who have increasing difficulty with daily life, and whose ability to live independently is likely to improve with specific support and rehabilitation.

This is differentiated from the provision of ongoing care and

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